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COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works Department held an open house Wednesday to discuss the progress of Phase one of the Clark Lane construction project as well as the proposed plan for phase two. City officials were on hand to explain the project, as well as field any questions from residents about the project.

Phase one of the project involves widening the road to be wide enough to eventually add a second lane in each direction in addition to a bike lane. Upon completion of phase one the road will remain one lane in each direction with a bike lane, but the city wanted to leave room for expansion if necessary in the future. The current work also includes adding an 8-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side of the road and one five feet wide on the north side.

Officials presented the second phase of the project to the public at the meeting. The proposal involves changing the intersection of St. Charles Road, Clark Lane, and Lakewood Drive, which is currently a four-way stop sign, into a roundabout. City officials say the increased amount of traffic from the new high school opening in coming years caused them to change their original plan of a traffic light to the current one.

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