New traffic signals on Providence to begin Service

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COLUMBIA – Providence Road has some new additions, including traffic signals, that will begin service Monday.

These new traffic lights are at the intersections of Providence and Turner Avenue and Providence and Burnam Road. The Rollins Street signal will be deactivated, and Rollins will be closing for construction of new pavement, sidewalks and a right-turn lane.

Construction Project Superintendent Dave Fennewald said the idea for the project did not come up recently.

“Its been in conception phase for about 10 to 15 years,” he said. “This projects taken a long time to get the required easements and everything associated with it.”

Construction on Providence started in May. Construction at the intersection of Burnam and Providence began in June.

Fennewald said the residents in the area were the reason for the new traffic signals.

“The Grasslands community did not have a good way to make a left onto Providence Road and head north,” he said. “So we wanted to put a signal to give them better access to the community.”

Fennewald said they will do the best they can once the lights come on.

"We'll make improvements to the timing as we see the need arises and just be patient," he said.

The new signals were originally scheduled to begin Friday, but a Columbia press release announced they will now open Monday, Aug. 14.

"Waiting until Monday will give us more time to test the system before going live, and we will also have more personnel on hand to monitor the signal and traffic flow," Construction Project Superintendent David Fennewald said. 

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the change in open date from Friday to Monday.]