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Council approves road project at Providence and Broadway

You will see a lot of construction on the southeast corner of the Broadway and Providence intersection next spring.

The Columbia City Council approved some downtown changes on Monday night. The city will extend the right turn lane from Providence to Broadway, and make sidewalk improvements.

Dave Nichols with Public Works says it will have more space for people to make that turn.

“It allows, as the car is approaching if it’s in that dedicated lane, to be able to then get into the intersection and have a better visibility of the crosswalk area,” Nichols says. “Helps traffic flow considerably through this intersection.”

The $130,000 project is part of the planned Flat Branch Park expansion. That is in the area where CVS Pharmacy tried to build several times, but was rejected.

“This is also forward-looking,” Mayor Brian Treece says. “We don’t want to make big improvements to that city-owned property there, only to extend that lane in the future.”

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