Public event coming to discuss signal at Nifong and Peachtree

Monday, May 16, 2011 | 4:16 p.m. CDT; updated 6:43 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Works Department is looking for input on a proposed traffic signal at the intersection of West Nifong Boulevard and Peachtree Drive, which could alleviate access problems in the area.

An open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rock Bridge High School cafeteria for the public to air their concerns or support for the proposed traffic signal at the intersection.

Heavy traffic at the intersection of West Nifong Boulevard and South Providence Road often impedes drivers from turning right onto Nifong from Peachtree or the outer road.

Scott Bitterman, the supervising traffic engineer for the Public Works Department, said the signal would help solve this problem.

"The signal would give motorists in the southwest quadrant of Providence and Nifong better access to Nifong," he said.

In addition to the stoplight, pavement markings would be added to Peachtree Drive, but no widening is proposed at this time, Bitterman said.

Public requests for a signal at the intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Sinclair Road, as well as the intersection of Fairview Road and Ash Street are also common, Bitterman said, but no discussions have been scheduled for those intersections.

Jill Stedem, public information officer for the Public Works Department, said comments from the public at the open house will be considered by the Columbia City Council. If approved, the next step is a public hearing and then a final decision by the council.

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Bill Fisher May 17, 2011 | 5:05 a.m.

As much as it'll suck getting stopped at that signal 90% of the time I'm driving down Nifong, it's almost worse sitting on Peachtree and never having a chance to turn onto Nifong.

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Kaleb Rippstein May 17, 2011 | 8:16 a.m.

How about setting stop-light sights a tad bit south - Southampton and Bethel? What a cluster-freak that is around 3:00!

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Jimmy Bearfield May 17, 2011 | 9:19 a.m.

Won't a stoplight this close to Providence run the risk of traffic backing up into -- and blocking -- the Providence-Nifong intersection?

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Brian Kratzer May 17, 2011 | 11:32 a.m.

Check out what a similar college town has done to make their traffic flow efficiently:

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