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Proposed improvements to roads, intersections and sidewalks at Decker Boulevard and Woodfield Park will be unveiled a public meeting Thursday.

Richland County representatives will present several options during a neighborhood improvement project public meeting at The Decker Center, 2500 Decker Blvd. The meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Streetscaping along Decker Boulevard is one option Richland County is considering in a transportation improvement project for the busy commercial corridor. (Image/Provided)The roughly $12.3 million in planned upgrades are being funded through the Richland County Transportation Penny Program. Before work gets underway in 2019, county representatives want to hear from residents regarding their preferences.

"We want to present the previously approved neighborhood plan, but we also want to share the options for moving forward with that plan," said Richland Penny Program Manager David Beaty.

Potential projects being considered include:

  • Streetscaping (to include trees and a grass buffer between the road and sidewalk) along various stretches of Decker.
  • Pedestrian connectors from Trenholm Road to Decker, from Carriage House Road to Decker and from Chatsworth Road to Brookfield Road.
  • Sidewalks along Faraway Drive, Windsor Lake/East Boundary Road, and Hunt Club Road.
  • Intersection improvements along Trenholm, O'Neil Court, Brookfield Road, Faraway Drive and Percival Road.
  • Bike routes on Rockbridge Road, Carriage House Road, Castle Pinckney Road, Long Shadow Lane, Faraway Drive and Kneece Road.

During the open-house-styled meeting, residents will have the chance to view various improvement plans that will be displayed around the room and can ask questions and share comments one-on-one with county representatives. Additionally they will be invited to rank the potential projects based on personal interests and submit comments over a two-week period.

"We want to gain input on what is important to them and how they want to see their community improved," Beaty said.

The Decker Boulevard/Woodfield Park project is part of the Transportation Penny Program approved by voters in November 2012. The program includes projects throughout the County during a 22-year period or until $1.07 billion in sales tax revenue is collected, whichever occurs first. The program includes such projects as road widening, intersection improvements, sidewalks, bikeways, dirt road paving and greenways.

Right-of-way acquisition for the Decker Boulevard/Woodfield Park project is set for this year before construction begins in 2019.

"Most people are very happy to see their tax dollars used for their community and most are very excited to have input into how those dollars will be used," Beaty said.

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