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A vehicle involved in a crash on Columbia's Stadium (2019 file photo courtesy of Columbia Fire Department)

(LISTEN): Seewood hopeful that federal grant will make Columbia’s roads safer

Columbia city manager De’Carlon Seewood (2023 file photo courtesy of city of Columbia website)

Columbia’s city manager says no number of traffic injuries or deaths are acceptable. City manager De’Carlon Seewood is hopeful that a $1.4 million dollar federal grant will help Columbia reduce traffic fatalities.

“We have to make sure our streets are safe. We have to make sure that our pedestrians can walk, our bicyclists can travel, that we have all modes of travel are utilized on our streets,” Mr. Seewood says.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is being used to help Columbia study and address road safety. Mr. Seewood tells 939 the Eagle that nine motorists were killed in Columbia traffic crashes in 2022, with another 57 sustaining serious injuries.

Just this week, Columbia resident John Searle was killed in a horrific head-on collision on Stadium Boulevard, when another motorist alleged crossed the center line and struck Mr. Searle’s vehicle head-on. The investigation into that fatal crash continues.

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