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Published on May 23rd, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for A Finished Sidewalk Project Under the Transportation Penny Program

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C.—A new sidewalk in the county has officially opened thanks to funding by the transportation penny sales tax. Richland County and the Richland Penny Program held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for the Windover Street Sidewalk Project.

“Completing projects and improving the quality of life for our residents is what the Transportation Penny Program is all about,” said County Councilman Torrey Rush. “The sidewalk may seem like a small project compared to the road widenings we have on the list, but this project is a big deal to the surrounding community.”

The project is a 5-foot wide sidewalk along Windover Street from Two Notch Road to Belvedere Drive. Armstrong Contractors LLC, a company certified by the Richland County Small, Local Business Enterprises program, was the contractor for this sheltered-market project.

“A sidewalk on Windover is a great addition to our neighborhood,” said Diane Wiley, president of the Belvedere community. “Now residents who are bound to a wheelchair don’t have to worry about being in the street.”

The completion of the Windover Street project is a significant achievement for community members, especially those who use the transit system. According to the COMET, bus route 16, which is located at Two Notch Road and Windover Street, is the third busiest route in the system with nearly 16,000 passengers boarding per month.

“The new sidewalk allows a safer access for the many riders who board the bus on the corner of Windover Street and Two Notch Road,” said Bob Schneider, executive director of The COMET. “This is one of our busiest and corridors so that makes this project very important to us.”

Approximately eight sidewalk projects are scheduled to go to construction this year.

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