groundbreaking ceremony for the Columbia bypass project was held
today at 9 a.m. at Cedar and Second streets in Columbia.
county and local officials, including Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz, Borough Manager Sam Sukolsky, Former Borough Manager Norm Meiskey, State Representative Dave Hickernell, State Senator Mike Brubaker and others, spoke at the ceremony.
When completed, the bypass will reroute heavy truck traffic along the borough's perimeter. Currently, trucks travel along Route 441 through Third Street and down Locust Street, essentially cutting though the center of town.
total cost of the project is almost $20.4 million, according to PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny.