September 9, 2014

Columbia Receives Major, $10 Million Transportation Grant

The city of Columbia announced Tuesday that it will receive a highly-sought Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The $10 million grant will provide funding for the city’s Seamless City Revitalization Project to revitalize a 1.27 mile project of North Main Street between Anthony and Fuller avenues to support of the city’s extensive downtown streetscaping initiative.

“Combined with the Transportation Penny, today’s announcement translates into a roughly $40 million investment in North Columbia,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “That’s not just a big deal, it’s a dream come true.”

“I want to thank Congressman (Jim) Clyburn and Senator (Lindsay) Graham along with city staff and everyone whose years of hard work made this day possible,” Benjamin said.

Columbia received one of two TIGER grants awarded in South Carolina. The second went to the port in Mount Pleasant.

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