Scott Boulevard Improvements

Scott Boulevard Improvements

Location: Columbia, Mo.

Client: City of Columbia

Completion Date: 2009

Scott Boulevard is an urban arterial adjacent to the city limit of the rapidly growing west side of Columbia, Mo. Burns & McDonnell was engaged to provide a concept study and final design services for a two-mile segment of the roadway, approximately half of which is dual-designated as Missouri Route TT, involving coordination between the city, Boone County and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

This segment of roadway transitioned from a 4-lane section at the north project limit to a two-lane section with little to no shoulder and ditch sections providing drainage. An upgrade was desired to accommodate growing traffic due to existing and future development and to improve the safety of the roadway.

The concept study ultimately recommended a four-lane divided section with raised median, curb and gutter, and an enclosed storm sewer system throughout the two-mile length of the project. The northern half was offset from the current alignment. The southern half, which was limited by existing development on both sides of the roadway and limited right-of-way (ROW), was returned to the existing corridor. Additional considerations included in the final design were multiple retaining walls, several large box culverts, a major intersection at Chapel Hill Road, bike/pedway facilities throughout the roadway corridor, wetland mitigation conservation easements, and utility corridors extending the length of the project. Read more about the finished project >

Easement Acquisition

The Burns & McDonnell Land and Right-of-Way Services group provided the negotiation services as an agent for and on behalf of the city for acquisition of ROW and easements for up to 86 properties with 66 owners for the project length, between Rollins Road and Brookview Terrace. Property owners included married couples, single-person owners, companies and LLC's, and condominium communities.

Services provided were land acquisition management, status reporting, negotiations, needs assessment/land acquisition planning, payment requests, file audit and delivery of files, per tract fee basis, and condemnation support. The project had unique properties and owners that made ROW acquisition challenging. One of those was working with the Heritage/Homestead Rule from House Bill 1944 in Missouri, which stipulates different payment structures for condemnation properties that have been in a family for more than 25 years. Also, federal funds involvement necessitate adherance to the the Uniform Act, which meant strict guidelines for acquisition.

The project necessitated temporary construction easements, conservation easements, and utility, drainage and wall easements. Of the 86 properties, all but five were settled through negotiation.

  • Right-of-way acquisition
  • Traffic engineering
  • Environmental permitting
  • Major utility conflicts
  • Agency coordination
  • Public involvement