About the Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project
The Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement project restored a section of Fassnight Creek, located along Brookside Drive between Greene Avenue and Kings Avenue, to a naturalized channel for the benefit of flood mitigation, water quality and creation of urban wildlife habitat. Construction involved the removal of approximately 1,000 linear feet of existing concrete channel, studied by master plan consultant BNIM and determined to be completed after 1930s-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) improvements were made.
Construction involved excavation of 16,000 cubic yards of soil, installation of over 250 linear feet of 21-inch sanitary sewer main, and the re-alignment of Brookside Drive to provide additional space for stormwater capacity improvements. Native landscaping included the planting of more than 25 native trees and 200 native shrubs which provide additional water quality benefits.
Construction of a multi-use trail connection through Phelps Grove Park is set to begin Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. Contractor Radmacher Brothers Excavating Co. is beginning to mobilize equipment and materials for the start of construction activities.
The trail connection will begin at Clay Avenue, continue east through Phelps Grove Park and end at Brookside Drive near the Art Museum main entrance. The new 1,600 linear-foot path will include ADA ramps and will connect to shared bike lanes on Brookside Drive over a new pedestrian bridge.
Park visitors should expect the concrete trail running east to west, adjacent the Phelps Grove Park Pavilion, to be closed for a significant portion of project construction. Interruptions to the asphalt walking trail circling the park will be minimal. No trees will be disturbed as part of the project.
Project construction is expected to take approximately four months at a cost of $460,000. It will be funded through federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds with the City of Springfield providing a 20% match through the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.
STORMWATER PROJECT DETAILS:
Project Completed May, 2022
Construction Contractor: Hartman & Company
Design Consultant: HDR
Total Construction cost: $3.2 million
Funding: • Missouri Department of Natural Resources Stormwater Grant
• Missouri Department of Conservation Native Planting Grant