New Columbia Fireflies stadium will bring extra traffic - DatelineCarolina

The already congested intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Bull Street will have an additional turning lane for people attending the Columbia Fireflies games.

New Columbia Fireflies stadium will bring extra traffic

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Kimley Horn and Associates says 5,621 additional cars will enter and exit the area surrounding the stadium by the end of the year. Kimley Horn and Associates says 5,621 additional cars will enter and exit the area surrounding the stadium by the end of the year.
Lifelong Columbia resident Glen Stapleton says he is confident the traffic issue will be figured out before opening day. Lifelong Columbia resident Glen Stapleton says he is confident the traffic issue will be figured out before opening day.

By Kristin Whittaker

Final preparations are in the works for the new Columbia Fireflies stadium. The ballpark, which will hold 8,500 people, will also bring large amounts of traffic to the new Bull Street entrance off Elmwood Ave.

Traffic already backs up at the intersection of Bull Street and Elmwood Ave. daily. Most games will be played during the evening so this already busy intersection could see major congestion during rush hour.

"I come out to the ballpark every week to check on it's progress and I'm excited for it to open, but I'm worried about the traffic congestion it will bring," said Glen Stapleton, a lifelong Columbia resident.

Kimley Horn and Associates, the design group for the project, has proposed new turn lanes at two sections of Colonial Drive, the congested intersection of Elmwood Ave. and a section of Harden Street, will help keep a smooth flow of traffic.

The City of Columbia and the Department of Transportation both still need to sign off on the project in order to make the changes to the area surrounding the new Fireflies stadium.

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