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New elements enhance safety on Columbia’s Route 3

By on June 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm

On Thursday, IDOT workers install rumble strips on Route 3 to notify northbound motorists of the change in speed limit from 55 to 45 miles per hour. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Drivers along Route 3 in Columbia have noticed a host of new changes recently, all with one thing in common — getting drivers to obey traffic laws.

As the aftermath of the fatal Feb. 28 crash on Route 3 at Admiral Parkway, which claimed the life of mother-of-six Emily Webb, continues to affect drivers in Columbia, demands for change have not ebbed.

“Big pick-up truck hauling camper just blew through a red light on Route 3 at McDonald’s,” wrote one user of the Facebook group “Citizens Demanding Change on Illinois Route 3, Columbia, Illinois” last week.

Authorities are listening, as they have been since the very beginning. 

Columbia Police Chief Jerry Paul has been working with the Illinois Department of Transportation, which determines all signaling, traffic control devices, speed limits and signage on the state highway. 

After speaking with Columbia activists, residents, aldermen, administrators and Mayor Kevin Hutchinson, Paul created and presented to IDOT a list of proposed safety measures for the stretch of Route 3 from I-255 to Gilmore Lake Road, which is referred to as the Columbia corridor. 

And IDOT listened.

The first safety measure was implemented by Paul — a full-time traffic officer assigned solely to the Columbia corridor. From May 7, his first day on the traffic detail, to May 31, he wrote 178 citations, according to Paul. Fewer than 8 percent of the drivers cited are Columbia residents…>>>

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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: andrea@republictimes.net