Infrastructure & Transportation

Public Works has committed to investing $8 million over the 18 months in infrastructure updates in Zone 1. Some of these improvements were identified prior to the Community Listen events, but will still be taking place in Zone 1 during the blitz. Several of the planned improvements were directly mentioned by residents during the 2015 Community Listen tour.

  • Since May 2015, the Scott Avenue school sidewalk has been completed, adding nearly 3,000 linear feet of sidewalks in Zone 1 near York Elementary School.
  • Approximately 13,700 linear feet of new sidewalks are planned for construction in early 2017.
  • The Mount Vernon road-widening project has been completed, widening the road from Orchard Crest Avenue to Suburban Avenue, improving stormwater infrastructure and adding sidewalks.
  • Several stormwater improvement projects have begun, including the Turner Street drainage improvement project, set for completion in the spring of 2017, and the Homeland Subdivision stormwater improvement project, estimated for completion in 2017. The Talmage Dip stormwater and sidewalk project is also under way, constructing a new box culvert over Pea Ridge Creek and improving safety for pedestrians with an added sidewalk along Talmage Street.
  • Progress has also been made on several streetscape projects within Zone 1. The Phelps Street streetscape, between Campbell Avenue and Boonville Avenue, was completed in the spring. Streetscapes on Commercial Street and Jefferson Avenue are nearing completion and the College Street Broadway Intersection project is slated to begin construction soon. Streetscape projects, in general, add decorative sidewalk, lighting, crosswalks and ADA improvements to a roadway.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board resurfaced the basketball court at Grant Beach Park and partnered with Public Works to resurface the parking lots in two Zone 1 parks in the fall of 2016.
    “The condition of the parking lots were a concern for the neighborhoods, and they were a concern for us, too,” said Miles Park, assistant director of parks, over operations. “We don’t have the equipment or personnel to perform that type of work, so we normally hire a contractor.”
    The job would have been an expensive one for the Park Board to undertake, Park added.
    Through the Zone Blitz, the project also came to the attention of Springfield Public Works, where it stood out among multiple requests for sidewalks.
    Dan Smith, Director of Public Works, said the department pieced together savings from other City of Springfield 1/4-cent capital improvements projects to fund parking lot resurfacing. Public Works also had an existing street paving contact — with a locked-in price — through Blevins Asphalt Construction Co.
    Nichols and Watkins now have newly resurfaced entrance drives and parking lots at both locations, completed this fall.
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Current Infrastructure & Transportation Projects



SIDEWALK / PARKING LOT PROJECTS



Bissett Elementary School Sidewalk


New sidewalk construction on the north side of Nichols Street from the school crosswalk at west end of LA Wise Park to Fulbright Avenue.
  • Neighborhood: Bissett
  • Timeframe: By end of Summer 2017

Talmage Street Sidewalk


New sidewalk construction on the south side of Talmage from Robberson to Boonville.
  • Neighborhood: Doling
  • Timeframe: By end of Summer 2017

Fort Avenue Sidewalk


New sidewalk construction on the east side of Fort from Talmage to Kerr
  • Neighborhood: Doling
  • Timeframe: By end of Summer 2017


Division Street Neighborhood Sidewalk


New sidewalk construction on Division Street from Colgate Avenue to West Avenue.
  • Neighborhood: Bissett & Heart of the Westside
  • Timeframe: By end of Summer 2017

Scott Street Sidewalk


New sidewalk construction near York Elementary school on Scott Street from Park to Kansas Expressway.
  • Neighborhood: Heart of the Westside
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED

Westport Elementary School Sidewalks


New sidewalk construction in various locations around Westport Elementary School
North side of Walnut from Ivy Circle to Hilton
West side of Hilton from Walnut to Westport School Crosswalk
West side of Harrison from Golden to 3121 Harrison
West side of Golden from Harrison to Page
  • Neighborhood: Westside
  • Timeframe: By end of Summer 2017

Hillcrest Avenue Sidewalk


New sidewalk construction on the west side of Hillcrest Avenue from the railroad tracks to Chestnut Expressway and continuing south to Water Street.
  • Neighborhood: Bissett and Westside
  • Timeframe: By end of Summer 2017

West Avenue Sidewalk


New sidewalk construction from Mt. Vernon Street to Grand Street.
  • Neighborhood: Westside
  • Timeframe: By end of Summer 2017

Repave Nichols Park Parking Lot


  • Neighborhood: Heart of the Westside
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED


Repave Tom Watkins Park Parking Lots


  • Neighborhood: Tom Watkins
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED


STORMWATER PROJECTS



Talmage Dip Stormwater and Sidewalk Improvements


Construct a new box culvert under Talmage Street over Pea Ridge Creek. Construct new sidewalks along the north side of Talmage from Fort to Newton
  • Neighborhood: Doling
  • Timeframe: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Lyon Avenue Drainage Improvements


Improve drainage between houses along Lyon Ave. and improve drainage channel south to Division Street.
  • Neighborhood: Grant Beach
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED

Homeland Subdivision Drainage Improvements


Improve drainage along Hillcrest from Thoman to Pacific. Includes sidewalks along Hillcrest.
  • Neighborhood: Tom Watkins
  • Timeframe: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Turner Street Drainage Improvements


New storm system along Turner street from Boonville Avenue to Lyon Avenue. Includes new infrastructure through neighborhood and detention basin.
  • Neighborhood: Woodland Heights
  • Timeframe: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS



Commercial Street Streetscape and Roundabout


Streetscape improvements on Commercial Street between Washington Avenue and Benton Avenue. Project includes a new roundabout intersection at Washington Avenue and Commercial Street, decorative sidewalks, lighting and ADA curb ramps. 
  • Neighborhood: Mid-town
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED - Landscaping work continuing. 

Central-Pythian Corridor Improvement Project


Connect Central Street to Pythian Street with a new roundabout at Sherman Avenue. Incorporate a complete street design to provide a system for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. 
  • Neighborhood: Mid-town
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED

Route 66 Streetscape and Broadway Plaza


Streetscape improvements from the intersection of College Street and Broadway Avenue to the Route 66 Roadside Park including new sidewalks, landscaping and decorative street lighting. Intersection improvements at College and Broadway include decorative crosswalks and a new pedestrian plaza. 
  • Neighborhood: West Central
  • Timeframe: Timeframe: Winter/Spring 2017

Phelps Street Streetscape


Streetscape improvements from Campbell Avenue to Boonville Avenue. 
  • Neighborhood: West Central
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED


Mount Vernon Widening Project


Widen Mt. Vernon to three lanes with a center turn lane from Orchard Crest to Suburban. Project will improve the existing storm system, upgrade existing gas and water lines and provide sidewalks on both sides of Mt. Vernon. 
  • Timeframe: COMPLETED