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      Columbia Route Z roundabout open to traffic

      The second of three major milestones included in the Route Z improvement project in Columbia was completed today when the Route Z roundabout at St. Charles Road was opened to the public.

      "We appreciate the patience of area motorists as we work to wrap up this project,?? said Missouri Department of Transportation Engineer Kirsten Munck.

      ??The final phase will be to complete resurfacing on Route Z from I-70 to St. Charles Road and widen the shoulders there. The contractor has worked diligently on this job, and all work is expected to be completed before the start of classes at the new Battle High School on Aug. 20.??

      A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to celebrate the completion of the Route Z project. The ceremony will be held rain or shine in the center of the roundabout. State and local officials will be on hand to cut the ribbon, and the public is invited to attend the event.

      The Route Z project was designed to improve safety and accommodate an expected increase in traffic associated with the new Battle High School. Also included in the project was the replacement of the existing Route Z bridge over Interstate 70. The new bridge was completed and opened to the public on July 19.