COLUMBIA — The City Council unanimously approved a plan Tuesday night to replace the pedestrian overpass on Providence Road in front of Douglass High School with a crosswalk at street level.
The existing concrete overpass was built in the 1970s, does not meet current accessibility requirements and is poorly lit, according to a council report.
Under the approved Providence Pedestrian Crossing Project, the existing structure will be demolished and replaced with a landscaped median, crosswalks and pedestrian signals, the report stated.
These changes are “consistent with the goals of creating a safe, interconnected, non-motorized transportation network and a safe network of trails,” according to the report.
Construction costs were estimated to be $293,150, and the project will be funded by Non-Motorized Transportation Grant funds administered by GetAbout Columbia, the report said.