This news about planned pedestrian improvements on Columbia's College Avenue near MU - along with the news earlier this week that the Columbia City Council may soon approve new pedestrian improvements near Hickman High School - is very good news for local scholars just trying to get across the street.
Columbia's College Avenue does, however, need a serious Road Diet. Traffic moves way to fast because it can. There is no accommodation for bicycles and limited crossings because cars dominate this road as it bisects a dense neighborhood and the University. On a diet College Avenue between Broadway and Ashland Road might be reduced to two car travel lanes, one in each direction, with a bicycle lane on each side.
With such high levels of foot and bike traffic along this street medians are a great start. All praise goes to City of Columbia Planner Mitch Skov for preparing and submitting this application for project funding to the Federal Highway Administration. Thank you Mitch!