Pavement Ends
James Baughn

Let the de-beautification begin on Bloomfield Road

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 11:37 AM


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  • Thanks for picking up all my links. It seems like everything I've written recently is about the disappearance of another landmark that makes Cape special.

    I'd like to think it would be possible to save the last portion of Bloomfield Rd., but there will be much pressure to widen it to match the rest of the road.

    It'll be Mount Auburnized in a decade.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 12:44 PM
  • ...all in the name of "Progress"...

    what a shame...

    -- Posted by Rick* on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 12:48 PM
  • "Asphalt Acres", for sure.(You really should put that-tag on a bronze-plate, JAMES!)

    Cut 'em down, pave it, concrete it, and develop it---and in the end, name a subdivision for what was once there.

    Sorry to come-off sounding like a dyed-in-the-wool "tree-hugger".

    But it always seems to come-down to the same thing: The FUTURE-RESALE VALUE, of the involved-housing, instead of any "human", or aesthetic-appeal.

    "...all in the name of PROGRESS...", indeed, RICK. It's all about being "a good-investment"...

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 1:20 PM
  • Those who think dollars speak with less distortion than political words will find the mayor's revelations on Parks & Recreation projects in a recent column bring the council and manager's concepts of what's important into focus.


    -- Posted by semowasp on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 5:43 PM
  • James, we've been wondering, in Ken's blogs, what the accident rate is for Bloomfield Road. Do you have any idea where we could find that figure? I thought I saw it in one of your old blogs, but I haven't found it yet.

    -- Posted by goat lady on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 9:22 PM
  • If this is such an important road that it has to be improved for saftey and traffic flow, why then can it be shut down for such a time needed to improve it?

    -- Posted by Old John on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 1:05 AM
  • The engineers and city, (redundant?), have to be held accountable for any road improvements...so the engineers design for safety, (speed/horiz/vert curves, etc.), not beauty...although we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and we also all know that engineers think of all their projects as things of beauty.

    So there you are. Makes about as much sense as the tree removals don't it?

    -- Posted by Hawker on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 9:30 AM
  • IMHO, even $5/gal. gas doesn't justify tearing up an historic byway such as Bloomfield Road. I have driven the road going home to Dexter from Cape in all climatic conditions, and have found it always to be a rewarding journey. Surely, everyone knows that speed idiots cannot be cured, and stupidity should not breed........apply as seen fit to the powers that be.....for they shall not be cured or dis-swayed(sic)from their tilting ways, molater, kkr

    -- Posted by kkcaver47 on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 1:50 PM
  • As someone that drives Bloomfield road daily, I can say that this closure is going to put a serious cramp in my daily commute. However, the removal of SOME of the trees is necessary whether they redo the road or not. Some of the trees are mere inches away from the road and are a constant hazard in rainy, snowy, icy weather. Not to mention the branches (and whole trees) that land in the road during our frequent storms.

    Personally, I don't feel that the road needs to be any wider or faster, or have gutters and sidewalks. Just smooth and repave the existing road, cut back the necessary trees for safe travel, and that's it. It would be nice to drive this road without fear of seriously damaging a vehicle on the many poorly patched potholes. Of course, the same thing can be said for HWY 25.

    -- Posted by farmwife2 on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 2:35 PM
  • Me thinks that the pressure on Bloomfield Road will be reduced when the new MO 25 / Nash Road project will be finished. Most of the traffic from south and west of Blomeyer will probably use the new road as it will be.... FASTER!

    -- Posted by Hugh M Bean on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 3:50 PM
  • Goat lady: The only thing I've been able to find on the accident statistics is this story from last year which said, "A Missouri State Highway Patrol study of accidents between Jan. 1, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2008, found that 75 accidents occurred on the road."


    Keep in mind that part of Bloomfield Road is outside the city limits, so those wrecks wouldn't appear in the Cape police reports.

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 4:59 PM
  • I hope once the out of towners find out the road is closed, traffic will thin down some on 206.

    Every kind of vehicle driven by every kind of mobile device carrying every kind of "oh no, I'm going to be late!" are learning the detour route.

    -- Posted by Old John on Wed, Jun 1, 2011, at 5:38 PM
  • There are no signs on 74 saying that the road is closed. When I was coming back from Advance today, a lot of cars were turning on to Bloomfield.

    -- Posted by Solelicious on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 7:48 PM