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Jefferson City woman calls on officials to improve safety of major street

By Sherree Burruss, Sports Reporter, sherree.burruss@kmiz.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 02:33:40 PM CDT
Updated On: May 14 2013 07:31:08 PM CDT
Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -

A Jefferson City woman is calling on officials to improve the safety of Missouri Boulevard. 

She warns of the threats to public safety because of inadequate traffic lights, left turns lanes and unsafe entrances to businesses. 

Mary Schantz is reaching out to both local and state transportation departments about what she thinks are necessary changes. 

Schantz wrote a letter to the Jefferson City Tribune about a stretch of Missouri Boulevard. 

The past few years MoDOT and Jefferson City has improved some of the issues. 

Plans to continue the construction are set for later this year. 

In the coming year, the city plans to resurface sidewalks to meet federal standards and hopes to add crosswalks at stoplights. 

But financial concerns stand in the way. 

"Funds are limited. We have talked throughout the years on how we would like to do more," says Travis Koestner, MoDOT engineer. 

Without a light, turning left from businesses up and down the street takes patience and could be dangerous. 

It's not just drivers Schantz is worried about, but bikers and walkers too. 

Schantz hopes the changes will not only improve the streets of the Capitol city but improve the quality of life forts citizens

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