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County green-lights work on Lincoln Tunnel Greenway project

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Published Nov. 17, 2015

The Richland Penny Program has given AOS Specialty Contractors of Columbia the go-ahead to begin construction on the Lincoln Tunnel Greenway.

The project will begin Dec. 7 and end in summer 2016. The $1 million contract includes funding from the City of Columbia and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The greenway will connect the Vista at Lincoln and Lady streets through a 100-year-old railroad bed to Finlay Park at Taylor Street.

Pedestrians and cyclists will pass through the former railroad tunnel and find connecting to other parts of Columbia much easier.

The greenway will have a 14-foot wide asphalt path.

Features of the greenway will include decorative lighting, select areas of landscaping, car parking, bike racks, all-weather benches, and decorative fencing. Signage will also be featured along the greenway.

“We are excited to begin a project within another category; Greenways,” said Rob Perry, Richland County transportation director. “This has been a collaborative effort, and is the first of several projects that will begin construction in 2016.”

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