Providence Road to Extend North
Officials hope that will ease traffic in the area. Now, the road ends just north of Interstate 70.
The plan would extend Providence to connect with Blue Ridge Road, and would include a bridge over Bear Creek. The first phase would create two lanes of traffic with a sidewalk or pednet. Eventually, the road would widen to four lanes.
Residents in north Columbia's Vanderveen subdivision are pleased with the plan because it would reduce traffic on Range Line Street, but they also have concerns.
"It would be nice to eliminate some of the traffic on Range Line," said Becky Quinn. "I do think that's a definite plus, but I'm just worried about the excess traffic in the neighborhood."
And, there are other concerns.
"We should preserve as much natural space in Columbia," added Ann Hausam. "And, I think Columbia is an awesome town, but I think there are a lot of developments that are going in that are taking that away."
City officials said they're trying to compromise.
"Well, there's some give and take with any project, and that's part of it," explained John Glascock, public works director. "You have to give and we will try to limit that damage as best we can."
The city expects construction on Providence north of I-70 to begin in 2008 and finish in 2009.