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1st phase of Penny program’s Innovista project opens

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Published Feb. 11, 2016

The initial phase of the Innovista project, which will eventually link the University of South Carolina campus to Columbia’s riverfront, has opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, according to Swansea-based contractor LAD Corp.

The project is part of the first major construction to use the Richland County’s penny sales tax program, which was designed for transportation improvements. The Greene Street transformation has been in the works for the last decade.

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The first phase includes converting Greene Street to a three-lane roadway with sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes between Assembly and Gadsden streets. (Photo/Provided)
The $10 million first phase involves a section of Greene Street between Assembly and Park streets, running between the Koger Center and USC’s Darla Moore School of Business.

The current roadway surface is what is known as an intermediate course, according to the Richland Penny program. A final surface course of asphalt will be applied once temperatures warm up later this year.

Phase One of the Innovista project includes converting Greene to a three-lane roadway with sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes between Assembly and Gadsden. The centerpiece will be at the intersection of Greene and Lincoln and will feature an urban square near Colonial Life Arena.

Innovista Phase Two includes building a bridge over railroad tracks where Greene dead ends and extending the roadway to Huger Street. Community leaders have envisioned the creation of this structure bringing new growth and development to the area.

Two includes a three-lane roadway with sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes.

The goal of the project is to extend the university into Vista industrial areas, spawning more growth and development of the undeveloped properties.

The centerpiece, according the county, will be at the intersection of Greene and Lincoln streets and will feature an urban square in the vicinity of the Colonial Life Arena. Swansea-based the contractor working on the project.

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