The Missouri Department of Transportation and the city of Ashland will be hosting a public hearing regarding proposed improvements to the intersection of Boone County Route M and Henry Clay Boulevard.
The hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 26 at the cafeteria of the Southern Boone Middle School, located at 303 North Main Street in Ashland. The public may attend the meeting at any time between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m.
Those in attendance will be able to express their views on the proposed improvements. MoDOT staff will be available to help answer questions and provide information on the proposed project.
What is the purpose of this project?
The purpose of this project is to make intersection improvements on Boone County Route M (Broadway Street) and Henry Clay Boulevard in Ashland. The City of Ashland previously conducted a traffic study of this intersection, funded through the Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP). Due to the skew of the intersection and associated right of way costs to improve the intersection, it was determined a roundabout would be the most economical solution.
Why is this work necessary?
The existing intersection of Route M/Broadway and Henry Clay Boulevard is an all-way, stop-controlled intersection. Due to the increasing growth of Ashland, the current traffic volumes are beginning to cause this intersection to function less efficiently. During heavier traffic hours, the existing intersection backs up nearly to the US-63 interchange. A roundabout is proposed to improve motorist and pedestrian safety and provide improved traffic flow at the intersection. The sidewalks at the roundabout will be constructed in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
How will traffic be affected?
The work on the Route M and Henry Clay will be accomplished by closing one lane while traffic is maintained in another lane. The construction will be staged in a manner to minimize any closures and periodic night work may be necessary to avoid peak traffic volumes. Some private and commercial entrances will require partial or full closures to tie in to new roadway.
When will the work take place?
The project is scheduled to be awarded in 2021, with construction taking place in 2021.
Will additional right of way be needed to construct this project?
Right of way and temporary easements will be needed for the roundabout construction.
What is the total cost of the project?
The total cost for the project is estimated at $2,100,000. This is a cost share project initiated by the City of Ashland. The City of Ashland is responsible for the engineering costs and 50% of the total project costs. MoDOT is responsible for acquiring the right of way, letting the project and construction inspection, as well as 50% of the project costs. The city is responsible for any costs over the programmed amount for the project.
How can I learn more?
You may learn more by contacting Tony St. Romaine, City Administrator of Ashland, at 573-657-2091 (phone) or firstname.lastname@example.org (email).