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ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The SC Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that involved a motorcycle.Troopers say the crash happened on Coach Road in Holly Hill around 10 p.m. Sunday night whenMore >>
The SC Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that involved a motorcycle.More >>
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A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real Housewives jealous. More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
New changes are coming to parts of Assembly Street in downtown Columbia.
University of South Carolina Junior Cody Wilkins welcomes the upgrades. He crosses the busy street at Greene Street twice a day.
"Probably one of the busiest intersections around," he said. "Very difficult to cross."
"It's scary just crossing the street," said student Joseph Bloxhem. "You gotta be careful. You think the drivers are aware, but they're always not. Not always."
USC and SC DOT officials say for the last year and a half they have been working on a pedestrian safety plan. The focus of the project is on Assembly Street between Blossom and Pendleton Streets, where nearly 3,000 pedestrians walk daily. It's a number university leaders expect will double when the new Darla Moore School of Business opens early next year.
"We want to make sure that we are doing things that make our students, faculty, and staff feel like they're safe when they're crossing streets in the vicinity of campus," said USC Director of News Wes Hickman.
The plan includes more lighting and well-defined crosswalks, wider sidewalks, lined with trees and bushes to reduce speed.
Left turns on Greene Street will be eliminated. Parking along the center median will be removed and the median will be expanded to hold more pedestrians.
But the university's idea has critics, like student Tim Hines.
"I don't think it will help that much," he said. "Parking has never been an issue. The fact is that it's on a hill and you can't see both ways."
Wilkins disagrees and believes defined crosswalks, especially on Greene Street, will help.
"At this intersection, here because you can't see that there's a crosswalk," he said. "It adds to the danger. May as well not be there but if it's clearly marked it'll add more safety."
SCDOT will begin construction next month.
USC says the project will cost $4.7 million to complete. The university says it will put $2.7 million towards construction. The rest will come from federal grants and the Richland County Transportation Committee.
Monday, May 20 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:37:05 GMT
WIS now has the 911 calls from a bold daytime robbery in which the homeowner came face to face with the suspect. That suspect broke through two doors and stole generators, lawn equipment, and a big screenMore >>
WIS now has the 911 calls from a bold daytime robbery in which the homeowner came face to face with the suspect.More >>
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Traffic on Two Notch Road near Providence Hospital is being detoured while emergency crews investigatee a suspicious bag.According to a police department spokesperson, Two Notch Road is closed betweenMore >>
A suspicious bag that garnered the attention of fire and police crews and closed a major Columbia road turned out to be harmless, according to the Columbia Police Department. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothesMore >>
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothes from Walmart.More >>
Remember the record-setting $587 million Powerball® jackpot from late last year? Time is running out to claim three Powerball® tickets sold for that drawing. Two of the tickets are worth $40,000 and one is worth $10,000. The winning tickets were sold in Columbia and Orangeburg.More >>