Two months after voting against the request to improve pedestrian safety, Richland County's transportation committee approved Rep. Seth Rose's request to add a HAWK signal at the intersection of Millwood Avenue and House Street.
Since 2015, three pedestrians have been killed while trying to cross Millwood Avenue, a heavily-trafficked road in Columbia that connects Devine and Gervais streets. Shortly after the committee's decision, work began immediately to install the HAWK signal and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held a week later.
When the same committee voted against the proposal earlier in the year, that was met with opposition from local residents as well as a letter signed by all House members of Richland County formally requesting they reconsider the issue and vote for the signal.
“I’m so happy for the community and proud of the CTC board and the SCDOT for allocating the funds,” Rose said. “This action is going to save lives.”
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