Special Roads Committee Meeting Postpones Removing Trees on Riverbluff Drive

Rev Steve Heather KOLR

OZARK, Mo. A neighborhood will have to wait longer for a final answer to some proposed road changes.

We shared last night that people living on Riverbluff Drive were not happy about a road widening project coming to their neighborhood.

Nothing was decided today at the special roads committee meeting Tuesday morning.

The vote was put off for 30 days because one of the members in the Ozark special road district had a medical issue and couldn’t attend the meeting on Tuesday.

Two members of the special road district showed up at the meeting.

One of the members, the president of the district said there is a need for widening the road.

But residents said the trees are a part of their home.

“Of course naturally, when it’s going on in their front yard, people see it differently, then say other people that would use the road from different areas going through there,” said Scott Bilyeu, the president of the Ozark Special Road District.

“Yeah you know it changes,” explained Chase Replogle, a resident affected by the trees being cut down, “it fundamentally changes what that neighborhood and that street is. So part of what attracted us to the property was it feels like Ozark. We love nature. We like that it’s a slow road. It feels like a neighborhood. But widening it not only changes what the road, not just looks like but the way people use it, the way people drive on the road.”

Another member of the Ozark special road district also questioned the purpose of this project.

He said, “there is no demand for us to widen this road. I’m trying to figure out why we have allocated $240,000 to spend on widening a road that doesn’t even justify being widened.”    

They’re going to have traffic engineers study the traffic patterns.

But it’s hard to get data right now because the bridge is closed.

According to another Riverbluff drive resident who attended the meeting Tuesday morning, the Ozark special road district has to meet with the residents again before they can proceed and review all the questions and information provided at the meeting.

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