Forum closed for first steps of Improvement Project

Posted on 13 August 2020 at 8:44pm

COLUMBIA - Forum Boulevard closed throughout the night for construction workers to build storm sewer drainage between Green Meadows Road and Nifong Boulevard. 

“For part of any street project, you need a way to get storm water off the road,” Allison Anderson, Engineering Supervisor for the City of Columbia, said. “This is one of the first steps, after they did the clearing, before they can actually start putting down the pavement for the road.”

The first parts are now complete, but there is still a lot to do.

The project is one of the first steps in the larger Nifong Boulevard/Forum Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. 

“This is in conjunction with the Nifong widening, which is really almost a two-year project,” Anderson said. “So, this section of Forum, they should be done with this Fall. And then the West end of Nifong they’ll have done by the end of this Fall, as well.”

The Nifong project consists of widening the road to four lanes, and adding bike lanes and sidewalks. The city has already constructed a roundabout at Forum Boulevard and Green Meadows Road. Now, it's working on improving the intersection at Nifong and Forum and connecting the two.

The funding for the project comes from the Capital Improvement Sales Tax. 

According to a press release from the city, the cost of the Nifong Boulevard/Forum Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project is estimated to be about $12,300,000.