Changing traffic patterns due to new construction are a familiar site in Columbia County, and a pedestrian sidewalk that is under construction to connect Evans Town Center Park to The Plaza at Evans Towne Center temporarily will close a portion of Evans Towne Center Boulevard.
The road is expected be closed from Ronald Reagan Drive to the rear entrance of the Kroger Shopping Center until construction, which began in October, is complete on May 29.
According to county officials, construction crews are working on a traffic calming area to include sidewalks, crosswalks and parking for areas around The Plaza and Evans Towne Center Park. Pedestrian traffic is expected to increase when The Plaza, a walkable, multi-use downtown area in the heart of Columbia County, opens this spring.
The connecting sidewalk will be raised 6 inches above street level, similar to a neighborhood speed bump. The $1 million project, which is being funded by 2017 general obligation bond and TSPLOST monies, will include brick pavers, trees, plants, crosswalks and sidewalks.
The roadway project is designed to improve traffic safety and pedestrian access between The Plaza and Evans Towne Center Park. In addition, the streetscape element of the project will provide a cohesive and pleasant walking environment to encourage pedestrian activity between the two facilities.