City to hold open house on alternatives for Providence/Grasslands projects

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 6:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

COLUMBIA — Ten options for addressing traffic challenges along Providence Road and in the Grasslands neighborhood will be available for public review and input during an interested parties meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Activity and Recreation Center.

The city for years has been trying to find a solution to traffic congestion on South Providence Road and to improve traffic flow in the Grasslands neighborhood. The Columbia City Council in November approved the first phase of a $6.6 million two-part plan to address the problems, but decided in February to reconsider.

Residents and members of the Historic Preservation Commission decried the plan in part because it would require the city to buy and demolish eight homes in the Grasslands neighborhood. 

The City Council will hold another public hearing on the issue at its April 15 meeting. Wednesday night's gathering is intended to inform city staff of public preferences in advance of that hearing.

Full descriptions of the options being considered are available in a March 18 report to the council from Public Works Director John Glascock.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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