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Construction preparations have begun on the Grand Street Bridge over Jordan Creek project, identified by citizens as their No. 1 priority in need of improvement in the 2015 city-wide transportation survey.
The project will involve the widening of Grand Street to three lanes from Kansas Expressway to Park Avenue, improving both traffic and pedestrian safety. It will include the addition of a center turn lane, upgraded stormwater infrastructure, stream restoration, an improved railroad crossing and the construction of a new bridge over Jordan Creek.
The area, widely used by pedestrians, will also include a new sidewalk on the south side of Grand Street and a multi-use path on the north side that will tie into the existing Ozark Greenways trail system.
This past week, contractor Hartman and Company has been working on installing erosion control methods to protect water quality in the Jordan Creek. Tree- and brush clearing will follow in the coming weeks with additional work on the creek.
Motorists can expect to see equipment on site, but no major traffic delays are expected for another few months.
Removal of the bridge is currently anticipated to begin in May, at which time Grand Street will be closed for approximately five months in order to reconstruct the bridge. A traffic detour will be marked.
All businesses within construction limits will remain open and access will be maintained for the duration. Access to Wabash Avenue, including the Cruse Dog Park, will also be maintained, however, nighttime closures of the Grand Street and Wabash Avenue intersection may be required.
Completion of the project is anticipated for fall. The current estimated cost of the project is $2.9 million and will be funded by the voter-approved 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.
The City will release notifications of traffic impacts and closures as they approach. Follow the City on social media or sign up to receive notifications through the “Notify Me” tab at springfieldmo.gov.
For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected] or Public Works project manager Jonathan Peitz at 864-1994 or [email protected].