Columbus Council this morning approved about $16.5 million in transportation projects for fiscal 2017.
The projects include a pedestrian bridge over Victory Drive as part of the Follow Me Trail, a rails-to-trails project currently under construction. They also include the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard alternative transportation project, a 10th Street plaza entrance to the Riverwalk and Woodruff Park area, and a new traffic signal system designed to address the traffic problems around the intersection of Beaver Run Road and Manchester Expressway.
Funding for these projects will come from the city’s paving fund, the Other Local Option Sales Tax, the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The bridge over Victory Drive was already budgeted as part of the Follow Me Trail project, but an additional $1.5 million was needed, according to Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge said. The original design called for a support structure in the median, but the DOT nixed that plan. The new bridge design was put out to bid and the lowest price was about $1.5 million higher.
The additional funding for the enhanced bridge will come from the city’s paving fund.
Also included in the project list is a $1.5 million plan to connect the Follow Me Trail to the Riverwalk around South Lumpkin Road. That funding will come from the DOT and TSPLOST.