Upcoming construction on Bull Street could impact traffic for more than a month

Lane closures on Bull Street start Monday

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's no secret that it's a pain to deal with construction and lane closures, but officials say it will be worth it for Bull Street.

Starting Monday morning, crews will begin working on the Wallace Street Storm Sewer replacement project. The project is geared towards improving flooding issues on Wallace Street.

You can expect traffic delays on the inbound lanes of Bull Street from 277 near the intersection of Victoria and Franklin streets during this construction.

The project will force crews to close down the two right lanes of traffic on Bull Street South, which means if your commute involves coming in off 277 onto Bull Street, you'll likely hit some delays. Motorists need to find their own alternate route.

The construction route starts on Confederate Street and ends on Jefferson Street, which measures out to roughly three-tenths of a mile.

It's all part of the initiative to address and replace storm drain infrastructure in the city.

According to Columbia Water, the new infrastructure will reduce localized flooding, increase fire protection, and improve water quality for residents in the area.

"This project will also be replacing water lines because we only plan to dig once. We had a project to do water system improvements in these areas, so while we got the roads dug up we're going to be placing water infrastructure, which will also improve water quality." Director of Utilities Columbia Water Joey Jaco said.

Neighbors in the area have mixed reviews about the project. Liz O'Neill, who has lived on Wallace St. for 9 years said she is really thankful.

"We're just grateful that it's become a priority for the city," she said. "I think it's going to make a really big difference for our neighbors and for us as well."

Others are worried about increased traffic volume.

"That morning traffic where everybody is trying to get together to go to work and then that five o'clock traffic- everybody's trying to get off and everybody's on the road and so the road probably will be cluttered," Shareka Caldwell said.

While DOT is allowing the city 30 to 35 days to complete the project, officials with Columbia Water say they hope it does not take that long.

Columbia water expects it to take less than 35 days to complete pending any unforeseen weather conditions that may delay construction.

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