Nifong expansion approved
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council approved a $12 million improvement project on Nifong Boulevard at Monday's meeting.
The project was included in the 2015 Capital Improvement Program Ballot.
Barry Dalton, Community Relations Specialist for Columbia Public Works, said the goal of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow for all types of transportation between home, work, shopping and entertainment.
Some of the improvements include construction of an additional driving lane for eastbound and westbound traffic, installation of a traffic signal at Nifong and Monterey Drive and construction of bike lanes, pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian signal heads.
There will also be sidewalk and intersection improvements at Nifong and Forum Boulevard and along Forum between Nifong and Green Meadows Road.
Parker Hedrick an employee at Hoss's Market and Rotisserie off of Nifong knows this may affect their business but feels safer getting to and from work.
"Before you get to maybe like a certain spot on Nifong down here, it's a two a lane and there's been times where I'm not even paying attention and I think it's still two lanes but it kind of merges back into one. That's kind of been a little scary for me and I think creating two lanes all the way through is going to create a more safe environment," Hedrick said.
Dalton said the city will announce any updates via press release as the project planning progresses.