It was reported in the Dec. 14 State that the first major project to be paid for by the Richland County transportation sales tax will benefit the city of Columbia (“Long-awaited project to connect USC campus with riverfront via Greene Street”). Imagine that.
In 2012, to improve the chance of the sales tax passing, voters were told that Broad River Road would be widened to I-26 from the Royal Tower area in Irmo. Looks like Greene Street to the Vista is a winner with landscaping and beautification while traffic continues to snarl down Broad River Road. Let’s not forget those bicycle lanes while the traffic backs up.
When asked about the Broad River Road widening, county officials clam up.
Yep, just as suspected. The penny tax for Richland County is going to Columbia so city taxpayers can enjoy the benefits of what county residents help pay for.
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Do we need to relieve traffic congestion or plant trees and shrubbery?