Columbia City Council Discusses Providence Road
COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council held a work session on Tuesday to discuss the Providence Road Improvement Project.
The purpose of the project is to help deal with traffic on Providence Road. Engineers estimate 81,500 cars pass through the Providence and Stadium Boulevard intersection everyday.
The main topic of discussion at Tuesday's meeting was phase one of the project. In November 2012, the council voted to move forward with an option for phase one that would require the destruction of eight homes on Providence Road. That option would remove a traffic signal at Providence and Rollins, and install traffic signals along Providence at Burnam and Turner Avenue. Access to Providence would be eliminated from Bingham Road.
At Tuesday's work session Mayor Bob McDavid called an informal vote from the city council. Opinions were mixed between continuing with phase one, or moving forward with a new plan.
Fifth Ward Councilwoman, Laura Nauser, said "I think some of the things we've talked about today are going to solve the problems temporarily, it's not a long term fix.But I'd rather have those options than the option of taking someone's home."
Ten different options will be presented for the council during a public hearing on Monday, April 15. Another vote could take place in May depending on how the council votes on Monday.