The Springfield City Council was given a presentation by city, county and MoDOT traffic engineers regarding projects completed in the last year, currently underway projects and plans for the next year.
The council was informed that the Grand Street bridge project, which replaced the bridge, improved the railroad crossing, and added trail connections for Ozark Greenways along with pedestrian walkways over the bridge, was given an award for Safety Project of the Year.
Some upcoming projects presented to Council included the replacement of the Main Avenue bridge near the City Utilities bus transfer station. The bridge is currently under load restrictions that prohibit the busses from using the bridge. The project is currently out for bids.
Another major improvement is the planned addition of battery backups at all traffic signals to keep power failures from impacting the city. They also addressed Council about sidewalks in the city being non-compliant with the ADA. Staff said 60 percent of sidewalks and 70 percent of curb ramps need improvements.
The county presented an update on the Kansas Expressway extension project that is being held up by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service called for more reports from the county regarding environmental impact of the new stretch of road which will delay the project until at least 2020.
The $30 million project will get $5.5 million contribution from the city with the rest picked up by the county with federal grants.
MoDOT spoke about the Highway 65 project which will enter the final phase Sunday night with the shutdown of 65 South between Sunshine and Battlefield.
MoDOT officials also talked about a problem in the southwest region with bridges. In 2004, the region has 107 bridges that were considered in poor condition. In 2019, 201 bridges are now considered in poor condition and need to be replaced.