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Mayor Broderick announced today that redesign of the intersection at 53rd St. and Columbus Ave. is underway. Mayor Broderick stated that his office worked with the city engineer’s office and CSX in order to make the intersection safer and more driver-friendly. According to the mayor, the redesign of the intersection will include removal of the gate and lights in the center island and installation of a longer railroad arm on the south side of 53rd Street. The city will remove the center island and reposition curbing to allow motorists to travel westbound through the intersection without having to weave. After the new intersection redesign, the city will repave 53rd Street from MLK to Rangeline Rd. The 53rd Street project is being paid for through an award received earlier by the city from the state. The city has received $2 million dollars over the last five months from the State’s Community Crossing Grant Program. The city will match those funds using wheel tax revenues, local income tax and state road funds previously received by the city, according to Mayor Broderick.
Mayor Broderick stated, “This year, approximately $10 million will be used to repave roads in Anderson including 53rd St., 38th St., N. Broadway, Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and 73rd St. We will be announcing additional roads that will be a part of this project during the next 30 days. Because of the receipt of these important funds, we are able to provide annual paving that contributes to an improved quality of life and place for our citizens.