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The city of Columbia plans to build a sidewalk on Sinclair Road in anticipation of the opening of a new middle school in fall 2020.

The 2,600-foot sidewalk is estimated to be in place by summer 2020, and it is expected to cost roughly $200,000. Money for the project will come from the city's quarter-cent capital improvements sales tax and the Columbia Public Schools reimbursement budget. The sidewalk will be along Sinclair between Nifong Boulevard and Southampton Drive.

Allison Anderson, a Columbia Public Works Department engineering supervisor, said the project is important for the new middle school, which will open in the fall of 2020.

“Mainly, this is for the students,” she said at an interested-parties meeting Wednesday. “They need a safe place to walk, whether they are traveling to church, school, a friend’s house.”