The City of Rolla will host an open house on major transportation planning from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm St.

The City of Rolla will host an open house on major transportation planning from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm St.
The public is encouraged to attend the open house regarding future major transportation infrastructure in Rolla and provide input on the plan.
The city is working with key partners (Missouri University of Science and Technology, Phelps County Regional Medical Center, and UTW Rolla – developer for a project in Rolla West) and has contracted with HNTB Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, to perform the analysis and planning for primary routes throughout Rolla.
The primary transportation system includes U.S. Highway 63/Bishop Avenue, Kingshighway, the State Highway 72 extension, 10th Street and connectivity with Rolla West.
Secondary transportation issues being considered include pedestrian access issues at State Highway E and across Bishop Avenue, linkages to the downtown area, “complete streets” concepts, public transportation options and analysis of the Highway 63/Interstate 44 interchange.
HNTB is expected to complete its major transportation study by October 2015 with a formal presentation to the Rolla City Council.
Many of these transportation improvements have been discussed for decades but have lacked both state and local funding to achieve substantial improvements.
The city participates in a bi-annual citizen survey and “traffic congestion/flow” has been rated in the top two areas for improvement/priority deserving of city council attention for at the last 10 years.
Continued growth at Missouri S&T and PCRMC along with planned developments in Rolla West requires critical attention to accommodate both current transportation needs to appropriately plan for future growth, said City Administrator John Butz.
While no funding is currently in place to pay for these substantial improvements, the city is contemplating the formation of a transportation development district that would impose an additional sales tax on businesses and properties benefiting from major transportation improvements.
For additional information, contact Public Works Director Steve Hargis at 573-364-8659 or Butz at 573-426-6948.