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.