UPDATE: Providence Road Reopened After Bridge Removal
COLUMBIA - Providence Road reopened Saturday after crews worked overnight Friday to remove a pedestrian bridge in front of Douglass High School.
Crews started to remove the bridge around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Despite the snow storm on Thursday, public works officials told KOMU 8 News the weather did not hinder the project. Richard Stone, one of the engineers on the project, said there was extensive communication between contractors and crews as to how to precede with the construction after the snow.
"We looked at the weather today (Friday) and saw that the snow was mostly cleared, it was more than 10 degrees, so we knew we could go ahead with plans," Stone said.
Stone said the removal of the bridge is just one step in a project to change how pedestrians cross Providence Road between Ash and Worley Street. He also said the decision to remove the bridge was because pedestrians didn't seem to be using the bridge much at all.
"The bridge is functionally obsolete. Basically, it's about 40 years old and, uh, the overall utility of it is met its useful life," Stone said.
A new traffic signal and median were also installed to help pedestrians cross the street more efficiently.