Leaders of Columbia, Lexington County and Richland County signed off Monday on a $358 million package of road improvements for the Midlands.
The partnership – the first of its kind locally for transportation – goes to the State Infrastructure Bank for acceptance.
“This endeavor marks an unprecedented teaming,” Richland County Council chairman Norman Jackson said.
Bank members could provide state aid of up to $336.2 million for the package. The remaining money would come from local sources.
The projects would be built in stages over the next decade, officials said.
Projects in the package include:
The package represents “a shared vision” benefiting the region, Columbia City Councilman Brian DeQuincey Newman said.
It is aimed at easing congestion, improving commerce and beautifying major roads, officials said.
Officials at USC, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and the Central Midlands Council of government also support the plan.