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NEWBERRY — Phase I of a multi-phased streetscaping project will begin Monday on College Street in Newberry, according to Matt DeWitt, assistant city manager. Enhancements will consist of pedestrian scaled streetscape improvements from Evans Street to Smith Road along College Street.


The City of Newberry applied for and received a streetscape grant totalling $400,000 from the S.C. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Program in January 2012 in an effort to achieve Phase I improvements.


The phased plan is aimed at improving College Street from the S.C. 121 intersection to Harrington Street at the courthouse.


Estimated cost is around $2.1 million for the entire project, but the city has chosen to break out the project in several phases to better source SCDOT funding, which is limited to $400,000 a year.


Phase I of the College Street Streetscape is estimated to cost $884,477 and is funded by SCDOT Transportation Enhancement Grant at $400,000 and the Newberry County Transportation Committee at $484,477, all grant approved funds.


Phase I will bookend the Newberry College campus, creating a safer pedestrian environment and tying into the streetscape improvements recently made in Oakland Mill Village Neighborhood on Fair Avenue and First Street.


According to DeWitt, the streetscaping will look similar to the work done in front of Oakland Mill. It will also include other pedestrian scaled improvements like crosswalks and decorative intersections, giving the college the ability to place banners on light poles, install pedestrian lighting, and utilize Share the Road signs for bicyclists.


“The objective of these enhancements is to beautify the primary entrance into the City of Newberry from Greenville-Spartanburg and create, through traffic calming, an environment that is more conducive to pedestrianism and bicycling,” DeWitt said.


The next phase will continue heading toward the downtown area from Evans Street, tying the improvements into the downtown business district.


Estimated completion date for Phase I is August 2014.

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