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This is a design of the proposed $1.7 million new roundabout at south Columbia's Route K and Old Plank road (2024 graphic courtesy of Columbia Public Works spokesman John Ogan)

Proposed new $1.7 million south Columbia roundabout on tonight’s city council agenda

This is a design of the proposed $1.7 million new roundabout at south Columbia’s Route K and Old Plank road (2024 graphic courtesy of Columbia Public Works spokesman John Ogan)

Columbia’s city council is set to vote tonight on a bill authorizing construction of a $1.7 million new roundabout at south Columbia’s Route K and Old Plank road.

City manager De’Carlon Seewood recommends council approval, saying the plan would improve safety at the busy intersection by slowing speed and removing conflicting turning movements. The project also includes a five-foot sidewalk and splitter islands for pedestrians to cross Route K to get to the gas stations and nearby subdivisions. The city says the $1.7 million project would be funded by the state Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) cost-share partnership program and the voter-approved quarter-cent capital improvement program sales tax money.

Mr. Seewood and the council will also present a resolution of appreciation tonight to retiring fire chief Clayton Farr Jr. Chief Farr began with CFD in 1998 and has served as chief since 2022. Mr. Seewood praises Chief Farr, saying he’s been an effective leader and has enhanced CFD’s recruiting efforts, including hiring 24 new firefighters. Mr. Seewood also notes that during Chief Farr’s tenure, the new $4.5 million fire station 11 opened on Scott Boulevard in fast-growing southwest Columbia.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 at city hall.

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