IDOT plans to improve Columbia traffic safety - Republic-Times | News

IDOT plans to improve Columbia traffic safety

By on May 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm

A much-anticipated meeting between Columbia and Illinois Department of Transportation officials yielded a plan to increase safety on the Route 3 corridor through the city.

The suggestions to improve compliance with traffic laws have taken on an urgency in the aftermath of a Feb. 28 traffic crash at the intersection of Route 3 and Veterans Parkway that claimed the life of local mother-of-six Emily Webb. Her six children were all injured, two critically.

“The meeting with IDOT went extremely well,” Columbia city administrator Jimmy Morani said. “They came prepared with a list of items they wanted to talk about; they are considering a lot of the ideas from the community.”

Already in place is a full-time Columbia police officer dedicated to the Route 3 corridor. This traffic safety officer has been patrolling the stretch of highway since early in the month in an unmarked police car. 

The plans IDOT is likely to  put into action first include improving signage and additional striping designed to slow drivers…>>>

Read the rest of this article in the May 23, 2018, issue of the Republic-Times newspaper.

If you don’t already receive the paper, you can subscribe by calling 939-3814 or clicking here, or pick up a copy at any of these locations.

Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: