City Council approves proposed crosswalk construction on Providence

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | 10:12 p.m. CDT

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.

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John M. Nowell, III July 7, 2011 | 9:09 a.m.

Here's my prediction; it won't be used anymore than the current overpass.

I don't see why Getabout still needs to exist, other than to provide a few people with jobs that they are overpaid for. What does Pednet do? Why do we need both groups?

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