Changes coming to Assembly Street
By Liz McCarthy
Contact: Wes Hickman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-3478
Beginning April 1, the university will begin a project to improve pedestrian safety on Assembly Street ahead of the opening of the new Darla Moore School of Business building.
The project will target the thoroughfare from Blossom to Pendleton streets and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The project will begin at the intersection of Assembly and Pendleton streets.
It will shorten crosswalks, widen the median, improve sidewalks and add emergency call boxes and street lighting, eliminate parking in the median area, and eliminate left-hand turns at Greene Street. These efforts will create a pedestrian-friendly environment while preserving Assembly Street’s role as a major thoroughfare.
The project is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the Central Midlands Council of Governments, the County Transportation Committee, the Federal Transit Administration, the City of Columbia and the university. The Transportation Department is handling construction.
The project will cost about $4.65 million, which will be split between university and federal funds with USC contributing $2.7 million.
The university, mindful of the people and events that will be affected, recommended that construction be scheduled to reduce disruption as much as possible. The construction schedule is currently under final review and will be subject to changes as the project progresses.
The university encourages all faculty, staff and students to cross Assembly Street through the overhead bridge at Wheat Street or the tunnel between the School of Law and the Coliseum. Drivers may opt to use Main and Huger streets in lieu of the affected area.
A new website will be updated regularly with information about sidewalk closures and other information.
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