COLUMBIA — After a lengthy discussion on Monday in which several members of the community spoke, the City Council unanimously approved a motion to add street improvements on Providence Road, from Turner Avenue to Stadium Boulevard.
The improvements will include traffic lights at the intersection of Burnam Road and Providence Road and at the intersection of Turner Avenue and Providence Road, both part of Phase I of the project, which has an estimated cost of $3,238,000. Phase II will be voted on in the future.
The project also includes a new residential street in the Grasslands subdivision between Bingham Road and Burnam Road.
Supporters of the motion said the construction would address safety concerns with drivers and pedestrians, particularly college students, while those opposing the motion said they were not properly informed.
The Columbia Historic Preservation Commission opposed the improvements because eight houses that would have to be demolished for the project provided historic value.
The council meeting was Fifth Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony's final one. She announced her resignation Oct. 15 in order to move to Rhode Island to be with her family. At the end of the meeting, Mayor Bob McDavid presented her with a "Resolution of Appreciation" plaque that was signed by all members of the council.
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