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County to host preview for Pineview Road widening project

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Richland County transportation officials will host on Thursday a public preview of plans for the Pineview Road Widening project, which will serve a growing industrial area in southeast Columbia.

The project ranks No. 8 of 14 projects on the Richland Transportation Penny to-do list. In 2012, when the list was done, the project was estimated to cost $18.2 million.

The project area involves a nearly 3-mile stretch of Pineview from Bluff to Garners Ferry roads, and will serve the new China Jushi fiberglass plant that’s being built at Pineview Industrial Park. The first phase of the Jushi project involves a $300 million investment and creation of 400 jobs.

Program engineers have revised the original proposal of constructing a three-lane roadway from Bluff to Shop roads. Many of the residents along Pineview, and those who frequent the area, submitted comment cards during the first public comment period opposing the three-lane design option.

Now, engineers are proposing an intersection improvement at Bluff and Pineview along with a shared-use path from Bluff to approximately Metal Park Drive for pedestrians and bicyclists. A three-lane roadway is proposed from Metal Park to Shop.

A five-lane section, including on-street bike lanes and sidewalk, is proposed from Shop to Garners Ferry. This new proposal will decrease the overall cost of constructing the roadway project from the design improvements shown at the first public meeting.

Engineers will present the public with the proposed plans for the widening project during a second public meeting, according to a press release. The purpose of Thursday’s meeting is to provide an opportunity for citizens to talk to project engineers and view the new plans for the roadway project.

The public will have an opportunity to make formal, oral comments regarding the proposed project.

Anyone who would like to make an oral comment will be asked to sign up before the presentation begins. Oral comments will be limited to two minutes.

Thursday’s meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. at A.C. Jackson Wellness Center, 2508 Atlas Road. A brief, formal presentation by the Richland Penny Program will begin at 6 p.m.

The public comment period for the project ends March 24. Written comments can be submitted to Richland Penny Program, 201 Arbor Lake Drive, Columbia, SC 29223 or emailed to info@richlandpenny.com.

The public is encouraged to attend and leave comments at the meeting. Citizens can also review the website and obtain a copy of the comment card and send electronically or by mail. 

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