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Business owners hear plan to resurface Columbiana Drive

Business owners gathered for more information about a project to resurface Columbiana Drive. Business owners gathered for more information about a project to resurface Columbiana Drive.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Business managers from Columbiana Drive met Friday morning at Carmike Cinemas, but they weren't taking in the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

Instead, the attentive group was learning about a major construction project the in area coming up soon.

The people gathered for more information about a project to resurface the roadway that stretches from Harbison Boulevard to Lake Murray Boulevard.

Concerns from those sitting in on the presentation were mainly focused around the accessibility their businesses will have when construction starts in a few months.

Those heading the project say they are hoping to start by the end of the Summer and wrap before October when the Christmas shopping season begins.

They also assured those at the meeting that their crews would only be working during hours when there is minimal traffic.

"Obviously we are doing the work at night," said Destin Goins, Columbia public works assistant superintendent for the street division. "We're not going to close off any entrances to the businesses. They will all be accessible. If people want to go eat at the Ale House on Saturday afternoon you can go eat at the Ale House on Saturday afternoon. We will not put any closures to any of the businesses so they will all have accessibility. "

Project managers say that 75 percent of Columbiana Drive is unserviceable.

Goins says that nearly $1,500 to $2,000 is spent on crews weekly who are repairing pot holes on Columbiana Drive and that it is putting a stress on the city's maintenance budget.

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