COLUMBIA — Improvements to roads and sidewalks began Tuesday at the intersection of Providence Road and Business Loop 70.
Dedicated crosswalks with pedestrian timers on the lights, wider sidewalks and safety islands will be constructed during the $565,000 project, said Jill Stedem of the Public Works Department.
The improvements will also include sidewalk reconstruction on Providence Road from Rogers-Worley Street to Business Loop 70.
The improvements are in place for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, Stedem said. The goal is to direct pedestrian traffic to one area to make it easier and safer to cross the four lanes of traffic.
There will be some lane and sidewalk closures throughout the summer until work is finished, a release from the Public Works Department said. Most of the work is expected to be completed before school starts in the fall, except for a few minor details that will not interfere with pedestrian traffic.
The intersection improvements are part of the $22 million Federal Highway Administration Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, GetAbout Columbia.
Columbia is one of four communities in the program nationwide. In Columbia, more than 125 miles of new bikeways, pedestrian walkways and sidewalks are being constructed.
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