Public Meeting – Intersection Improvement Exhibit – February 13, 2020
Purpose of Project:
The Bishop Avenue (US 63) improvements that are part of the TDD would include key intersection improvements, pedestrian signal timing, signage and wayfinding, access management strategies and policies and aesthetic improvements. This is the first phase of an ultimate plan to transform Bishop Avenue back to a main street for the community.
The City of Rolla is proposing intersection improvements. These improvements have been identified as priorities to improve safety, reduce delay and enhance traffic flow. The impacted intersections include:
- US 63 (Bishop Avenue) and Kingshighway – A right turn lane will be added from southbound US 63 (Bishop Avenue) to westbound Kingshighway.
- US 63 (Bishop Avenue) and MO 72 – A right turn lane will be added from eastbound MO 72 to southbound US 63 (Bishop Avenue). Access between MO 72 and Spillman Avenue will be closed.
- Highway 72 Access Improvements – Access north of MO 72 will be relocated from Walker Avenue to Adrian Avenue. Walker Avenue will be closed off to northbound traffic. Walker Avenue south of MO 72 will remain unchanged.
Schedule of Project:
Design – 2019 – 2020
In conjunction with planned maintenance work along US Highway 63 the Move Rolla Transportation District partnered with MoDOT to provide sidewalk facilities on both side of US Highway 63 (Bishop Avenue) from I-44 to the southern city limits. MoDOT also upgraded signals and crossing to meet current American Disability Act (ADA) requirements. US Highway 63 received a new asphaltic wearing surface.
Benefits of Project:
Improvements are intended to transform the corridor from a highway to a “Main Street” character, reduce visual clutter, and calm traffic by slowing vehicle speeds and reducing conflicts improving the pedestrian and bicycle environment. Complete street improvements may include a road diet through the reduction of a travel lane leaving one lane in each direction and a center turn lane with segments of median treatments where practical. The vacated lane will be repurposed to a separated bicycle lane and sidewalk. Other improvements will include improved crosswalks, access management improvements, gateways and aesthetic treatments. These improvements are consistent with the vision of the 2017 Missouri S&T Campus Master Plan.