The Town of Blythewood is a desirable place to live with a high quality of life driven by a small-town feel, strong neighborhoods and proximity to the Columbia Metro Area. With rapid development and the prospect of continued unprecedented growth come transportation challenges. This significant development is expected to impact existing traffic patterns in the Blythewood area by increasing congestion and creating potential safety issues if improvements to roadway infrastructure are not made. By understanding the potential growth patterns in the area, the traffic impacts can be anticipated and mitigated.
Recognizing the rapid growth in the area and the increasing traffic congestion and safety issues, Central Midlands Council of Governments (COG) contracted AECOM to conduct this traffic improvement plan by taking a holistic approach at growth and traffic issues in the area over the next 20 years. AECOM studied the entire Blythewood area and not just the official town limits as much of the growth surrounding Blythewood will have a huge influence on traffic within the town. Therefore, rather than focusing on one particular area or intersection, this study seeks to understand the existing and future growth patterns, in the Blythewood area, and to provide sequential recommendations on improvements that should be considered over the next 20 years.
The Blythewood Traffic Improvement Area Plan can be downloaded from the following link: Blythewood Draft Final Report