Assembly Street safety project begins April 1

assembly_and_greeneA major construction project to improve safety on Assembly Street will begin Monday, April 1. Here’s what you need to know–and to be able to share with students, parents, visitors and others–in the weeks to come.

  • The project is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOGs), the County Transportation Committee (CTC), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the City of Columbia and the University of South Carolina.
  • The purpose of this construction project is to improve pedestrian safety on Assembly Street from Pendleton to Blossom Streets.
  • The project will shorten crosswalks, widen the median, improve sidewalks and add emergency call boxes and street lighting. These efforts will create a pedestrian-friendly environment while preserving Assembly Street’s role as a major thoroughfare.
  • The project will eliminate left turns onto Greene Street to prevent pedestrian-vehicle accidents at crosswalks.
  • The university, mindful of the people and events that will be affected, has recommended that construction be scheduled in phases 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.
  • Construction will begin April 1 at the intersection of Pendleton and Assembly Streets. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year to support the new Darla Moore School of Business at the intersection of Greene and Assembly Streets.
  • During construction, pedestrians are encouraged to cross Assembly Street via the overhead bridge at Wheat Street and the tunnel between the Law School and the Coliseum. Drivers may opt to use Main and Huger Streets in lieu of the affected area of Assembly Street.
  • The total cost is expected to be about $4.65 million split between university funds and federal funds. ($2.7 million from USC, $1.95 million from Federal Transit Administration and the County Transportation Committee)
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