Residents start petition in opposition of potential removal of Business Loop ramp | Mid-Missouri News

COLUMBIA − Residents are protesting the potential removal of the westbound Business Loop ramp located at Interstate 70.

Austin Stidham started a petition as a way to voice his and other mid-Missouri residents’ disapproval of the removal. Stidham says his family has owned Lee’s Tire Company, a Business Loop business, for over 50 years.

On Sept. 13, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced it was considering the removal of the ramp and wanted local feedback. 

The petition received over 1,000 signatures.

“[The plan removal of the Business Loop Ramp] proposal will cripple/break local businesses,” Stidham said in the petition. A Facebook post from Lee’s said the removal will harm small businesses on the Business Loop.

MoDOT said it was also considering removing the 64-year-old bridge over eastbound I-70,…

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