Photo Gallery | City of Cayce wants to beautify Knox Abbott Drive
CAYCE, SC (WIS) - Cayce city officials are considering a $5.4 million beautification project for Knox Abbott Drive.
The Landplan Group South engineering and planning consultants presented their master plan for the beautification project to city council members Tuesday night. The same company has the contract for building the Cayce Riverwalk trail.
The master plan includes beautification and "traffic calming" measures to increase pedestrian traffic and impress visitors crossing the Congaree River on the Blossom Street bridge from Columbia. City leaders want to encourage pedestrian activity all the way to the Congaree River.
"It's that curb appeal, when someone comes across the river, they say 'Wow, I really want to live here' or "Wow, I really want to start a business here," said City Manager Rebecca Rhodes.
Included in the project are planted medians, alternate paving sidewalks, ornamental lighting and eliminating overhead lines. Plans also include a plaza at the corner of Knox Abbott and Axtell Drive in front of Guignard Park.
Representatives from the Landplan Group South told the council the biggest challenge of the project would be to relocate utility lines underground. The city allocated TIF revenues to develop the master plan.
Also at the meeting Tuesday, Mayor Elise Partin and Rhodes thanked the community for its support and patience during the water outage last week. Rhodes says the water main break that caused the entire city to lose water service for nearly one day was a learning experience.
"We learned a lot and will be making a number of improvements," said Rhodes.
Partin said she was grateful for so many residents who expressed their thanks and patience during the water outage.
"I was so overwhelmed by that word," she said.
In other business, Rhodes says the city is aware of the traffic problems on the 12th Street Extension surrounding the shift change at Amazon. She said Cayce Department of Public Safety officers and Highway Patrol officers have been directing traffic in the area and a new traffic signal is in the process of being installed. Rhodes says the traffic problems could increase when another company begins operation next month.
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