Columbia City Council to Open Debate on Providence Road Plan
COLUMBIA - Columbia's City Council is preparing to begin public hearings Monday night to decide what should be done to improve traffic flow on Providence Road.
The Council is preparing to hear three different proposals to reduce congestion on the roadway.
The first proposal, "Option 8-A," would put lights at Turner Avenue as well as Burnam Road, but it would remove the light at the corner of Providence and Rollins. The plan would also add a sidewalk on Burnam between Providence and Birch Road. In addition, Birch would be widened. Option 8-A is projected to cost $2.1 million.
The second proposal, "Option 9," is similar to 8-A. The main difference between the two is that Option 9 also had a provision to build a residential feeder street nearby. The city council initially passed the measure in November 2012. It scrapped the plan five months later after residents complained of the more than $6 million price tag. The plan has since been revised, and the cost has been cut to roughly $3 million.
The final proposal is "Option 10." That proposal has significantly less work behind it. The city would simply extend a right turn lane from Providence to Brandon Road. The cost is projected to stand at $250,000.
The city says it has $2.3 million set aside for the project regardless of what plan it chooses to use.
All of the proposals will be debated at Monday night's city council meeting at city hall starting at 7 p.m.