Scott Blvd. closure forces rerouting, adjusting

A portion of Scott Blvd. will close Monday and reopen in August.

The high-traffic area of Scott Boulevard in Columbia between Vawter School Road and Bellview Drive will close for construction on Monday, March 3.

For those that live around the area, this means adjusting their normal routes to other parts of town.

"If I chose to go to, say, Providence Road and Nifong, and I often have business over there, I'd have to go back to Chapel Hill Road and then over," Dr. William Miller, who lives off Scott Blvd., said. But Miller said overall, it's a minor inconvenience.

He added that he thinks the bridge will have to accomodate a growing population in the future.

"I think this bridge is going to be an important link to the fastest-growing part of Columbia, and I frankly would be disappointed if they replaced it with another bridge just the same size," Miller said.

Boone County Fire Station 14 is located right at the intersection of Scott Blvd. and Vawter School Rd. When the bridge closes, they will have to adjust their coverage areas with other nearby agencies.

"The Columbia Fire Department has a station on Chapel Hill. So they will cover everything on the north side of the bridge, and the Boone County Fire District will cover everything on the south side of the bridge initially. So it doesn't matter what jurisdiction it is, that's who's going to be covering those calls," Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.

The $

5.9 million project is funded by a 1/4 cent capital improvement sales tax approved by voters in 2005.

According to Columbia Public Works, the project aims to raise the flood-prone roadway and bridge nine feet, add a roundabout at the Scott Blvd. and Vawter School Rd. intersection and build new sidewalks with access to the MKT trail.

During construction, the current entrance and parking lot to the MKT trail on Scott Blvd. will be closed.

Both lanes of Scott Blvd. are scheduled to reopen August 8, weather permitting.