County transportation committee passes on Millwood solutions

  • Apr 25, 2019
  • Health & Science, Local News, Politics, Technology
  • Team Seth Rose

A week after the state Department of Transportation released its findings of a traffic study on Millwood Avenue in Columbia, the Richland County Transportation Committee declined to take action on any solutions or recommendations.

Over the past four years, three people have been killed trying to cross that street. Additionally, there have been more than 145 car accidents on that road over the past three years. The DOT's study went on to show that cars are not slowing down on the road, and pedestrians aren't committed to using crosswalks like they should on a road that attracts 22,000 vehicles every day.

While recommendations include the installation of beacon crossing singles and more pedestrian islands, committee members refused to commit any funding to the project during its last meeting. Instead, it appears a majority of committee members were more interested in securing funding for the project from the City of Columbia and other government sources.

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