Safety Lanes for Popular Bike Route

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) __ The state of Missouri plans to add 4-foot shoulders and bike lanes to a busy Boone County rural road where motorists and cyclists sometimes clash.

The state Department of Transportation will hold an open house to discuss the $2 million project Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.

The planned improvements will stretch for seven miles along both sides of Route K, which links Columbia’s southern city limits to an access point on the Katy Trail.

Some drivers and cyclists have clashed over roadside etiquette and safety concerns along the narrow, winding road. The road would remain open during construction, which is set to begin in 2012.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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