Another consulting firm will take a look at the city’s streets and traffic flow if the Rolla City Council next month approves an ordinance it heard read for the first time Monday night.

Another consulting firm will take a look at the city’s streets and traffic flow if the Rolla City Council next month approves an ordinance it heard read for the first time Monday night.
Paul Wojciechowski, a principal with Alta Planning + Design Inc., Chesterfield, made the presentation on the “complete streets” strategy, tying it in part to the city’s work with UTW Realty on the Westside Marketplace concept.
“It’s going to make that development successful,” said Wojciechowski, who noted that he was a 1983 graduate of University of Missouri-Rolla (now called Missouri University of Science and Technology).
But the city already has taken a step in that direction by hiring HNTB to conduct a major transportation study, particularly on U.S. Highway 63 and State Route 72, that will help move traffic more smoothly through Rolla with a view to making it easy for motorists to find the Westside Marketplace if the shopping center is ever built near the overpass and double roundabouts at the 184-mile marker.
A “complete streets” strategy to make Highway 63 more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists, especially near the university, is a part of the HNTB study, as the company showed at an open house several weeks ago.
The possibility of paying for duplication was not lost on Mayor Lou Magdits IV, who asked Public Works Director Steve Hargis how the Alta Planning work would fit in with the HNTB work already well underway.
The mayor was especially concerned that HNTB is working to make a final presentation this fall to the council, while Hargis described Alta Planning’s work as being “spread across” two fiscal years.
Both Hargis and City Administrator John Butz said the HNTB work is focusing on major highways, while Alta Planning’s work will look at other transportation areas, too.
Hargis explained that Alta Planning’s work would include not only feeding into the Westside Marketplace capital improvement plan but would also include plans for citywide sidewalks, citywide multi-use trails, a citywide bicycle route and safe routes to school.
And Wojciechowski described the “complete streets” strategy as a “complete network” policy.
The initial work order for Alta Planning calls for a payment of $29,074 to “identify achievable opportunities for deployment of complete streets strategies,” and to look for ways to integrate “complete streets thinking” into the street network and in land use planning, as well as other identification of opportunities and incentives.
No action was taken beyond the first reading. Final reading will be heard and a vote will be taken at the first August meeting of the council.
In related news, Butz announced a workshop on major transportation issues and opportunities will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 27, in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall.
In other business or discussion:
• The council heard first and final reading of an ordinance vacating a portion of a lot in the Gracie Place Subdivision, owned by James Sowers. The ordinance passed, 9-0.
• An ordinance for a final plat of Blue’s Lake Plat No. II for Citizens Bank of Newburg was heard on first reading.
• Butz described the work being done to find a new fire chief.
• Steve Bowles was appointed to the Industrial Development Authority, succeeding Janece Martin.
• Paul Frisbee was appointed to the Board of Building Appeals to succeed Harold Bennish.
• No closed session was held.
• The meeting opened without the traditional prayer from a member of the Rolla Ministerial Alliance.