Construction on a sidewalk project aimed at improving pedestrian safety in the Woodfield community of Northeast Richland will begin Tuesday.
Crews contracted by Richland County Transportation will install a sidewalk and pedestrian crosswalks along a half-mile stretch of Faraway Drive, from East Boundary Road to Willowby Street. Work should take about five months to complete.
The sidewalk will be on the road’s left-hand side, beginning at East Boundary Road and progressing toward Willowby Street.
Parking around the work area will be prohibited during construction, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vehicles that violate the rule may be removed. Traffic patterns should not change, said Mohammed Al-Tofan, Transportation manager.
The sidewalk installation is part of the second phase of the Transportation Department’s Decker/Woodfield Neighborhood Improvement Project.
As part of the overall project, two more sidewalk installations are in the design phase. The first sidewalk will run along a section of Brookfield Road, while the second will serve as a connector, providing a walking path from Chatsworth Road to Brookfield Road.
The scope of the Decker/Woodfield plans were taken from Richland County’s Neighborhood Master Plan for the area and refined based on public and stakeholder input and available funding.