COLUMBIA — A series of sidewalk and street improvements will start in Columbia on Monday morning, according to the Public Works Department.
- On Monday, Hitt and Locust streets are planned to have pavement cuts for electric conduits and wiring to be installed for new street lights. The streets will not close simultaneously but will alternate closures until the project is completed at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
- On Monday, construction is planned to begin on Nifong Boulevard and Bethel Street to add an additional turn lane and relocate the sidewalk. Bethel Street will have lane restrictions and sidewalk closures until Aug. 2.
- On Wednesday, remodeling of pedestrian bridges will start at Stephens College at the intersection of College Avenue and Broadway. While the sidewalks could be temporarily closed at various times, they will not be closed permanently during the construction. The sidewalks are planned to reopen on Sept. 10.
- Various roadways will begin to be resealed Monday. This annual project will cover about 30.78 miles and costs about $234,000, funded through the transportation sales tax and gasoline tax. This "chip n' seal" process costs less than milling and relaying the roadbed and is expected to prolong the life of the roadway. These neighborhood streets are predominantly in the southwest part of Columbia and will rotate around the city of Columbia on a weekly basis, spokesman Steven Sapp said. Lists will be produced every Thursday to account for weather conditions, and the work is expected to finish by Aug. 14, Sapp said.
Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are asked to use caution when encountering these streets and to find alternative routes if possible.
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