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      Council Approves Clark Lane Widening

      City crews will use the money to widen the street between Woodland Springs Court and McKee Street near the First Student bus barn.

      Columbia city council members approved $400,000 to help make travel safer on Clark Lane.

      City crews will use the money to widen the street between Woodland Springs Court near the First Student bus barn, east to McKee Street near the round-a-bout.

      City officials said the project is phase 1 of a 5-year-plan that is still under development to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

      The City of Columbia, Boone County and the state are responsible for the cost of improvements along Clark Lane.

      All 3 government entities need to agree on a final plan.

      City officials said the widening project is a temporary fix for a lack of sidewalks.

      Columbia Public Works spokesman Steve Sapp said, ??This would provide temporary walking paths and bicycling paths until such time, within the next three to five years, that we could get Clark Lane built out to its full width with proper sidewalks and pedways.??

      Sapp said it would likely take 3 years for the installation of sidewalks.

      The widening project could happen as soon as next summer.