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      Columbia Residents rejoice at Scott Boulevard reopening

      Residents and business owners along a portion of Scott Boulevard near Vawter School road say theyâ??re thankful that construction on the thoroughfare is finally complete.

      A high-traffic area of the road closed for construction on Monday, March 3. Just over five months later, residents were driving their cars and trucks over a brand new bridge.

      The improvements took a great deal of time and work on behalf of the city and the construction companies contracted to do the work. The improvements include a completely rebuilt bridge over Hinkson Creek, which is now nine feet higher to mitigate flooding.

      The city also added new sidewalks and a roundabout at the Scott Boulevard and Vawter School road intersection, as well as improved MKT trail access.

      The $5.9 million project was funded by a 1/4 cent capital improvement sales tax approved by voters in 2005. Steve Sapp of the Columbia Public Works said the project was completed on time and did not run over its budget.

      â??There are a number of safety improvements,â?? Sapp said. â??Weâ??ve added about 3600 feet of sidewalk to what we call a â??sidewalk gapâ?? from Bellview Drive north up to Country Hill. Weâ??ve added a lot of safety features to the new roadway, and weâ??re really pleased with the way it came out.â??