City Council To Discuss Hearing For Providence Rd. Construction

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COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council members will be discussing Monday setting up another public hearing on June 3rd to hear public opinions on the Providence Road construction project.

In 2005, voters identified this construction as one of the top projects on the municipal ballot.

The project would include portions of Providence Road between Stadium Boulevard and Stewart Road.

At the last public hearing in April, Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes and his staff were asked to come up with three new options for the council to consider. These options include adding new traffic signals on Turner Avenue and Burnam Road, extending the right turn lane onto Brandon Road from Providence, or even adding a new residential street in the Grasslands subdivision to improve access for residents.

The council estimates these projects would cost the city anywhere between $250 thousand if they decide to extend the right turn lane onto Brandon Road and $3.2 million if they decide to add extra traffic signals.

More than two thousand dollars has already been appropriated for this project.

Columbia Public Works has already started the search for a consulting engineer for the project, but the search is on hold until one of the options is voted through.