Columbus South Mobility Study

Background

The City of Columbus is conducting the Columbus South Mobility Study to evaluate the potential need for improvements to safely and efficiently move east-west vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the southern portion of the City. This study was a recommended action item from the Long Range Transportation Plan developed in 2018 and is included in the current budget as authorized by the City Council. The study area will primarily focus on 8th Street from U.S. Highway 30/81 (33rd Avenue) on the west to just past 3rd Avenue on the east. The northern limits of the study area extend to the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks and the southern limits of the study area extend to the Loup River Levee. View the study area (PDF).

Process

The Columbus South Mobility Study will be prepared over the next several months (view the schedule (PDF)) and will begin with data collection and a traffic and safety analysis. This analysis will include a review of crash and congestion data, historical and current traffic volume data, and future traffic forecasts within the study area. Following data collection, alternatives will be developed that help facilitate safe and efficient traffic movements. Alternatives will be evaluated against a variety of criteria, including:

  • Safety
  • Impacts to vehicle travel, including travel efficiency, connectivity and speeds
  • Impacts to pedestrians and bicycle traffic
  • Impacts to neighborhoods
  • Construction impacts, including access, right-of-way, environmental and utility impacts
  • Feasibility, including ease of implementation and potential costs
  • Public feedback

Following the alternatives evaluation, the City will prepare and publish the final study report.

Past Public Involvement

In February and March 2020, the City asked interested individuals to take a short survey about their experience traveling through the study area. View the survey results.

In the June 2020 alternatives evaluation phase, the City hosted an online meeting that provided the public the opportunity to review and comment on draft alternatives.