West Columbia officials on Wednesday urged state transportation officials to drop a plan to put a bypass through some neighborhoods to ease traffic congestion at Malfunction Junction.
“It’s not a good solution when it means destroying neighborhoods,” Mayor Bobby Horton said.
The message was a reminder that city officials oppose one suggested route for a bypass connecting I-126, I-26 and I-20 that would cut through five neighborhoods in the Lexington County city.
In a statement, city officials said the plan would have a “detrimental impact to well-established residential areas that could be eliminated or compromised.”
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The proposed bypass is one of two new roads being considered to help reduce problems where the three interstates meet.
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