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Posted on: August 22, 2014

Construction begins for City Government Plaza parking lots project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Construction activities on the parking lots at the City Government Plaza will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 26 as part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate stormwater management techniques to reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reach area streams.

The first part of construction will require the east driveway of the public parking lot to be closed for one week but the lot will remain open for parking. Parking on Robberson Avenue will be closed. Signage will be provided to direct the public to access the public parking lot via the west side.

The public parking lot is anticipated to be closed for construction beginning the week of Sept 8. Signage will be provided to direct the public to park in the adjacent employee parking lot. Employee parking will be available in other lots. Handicap parking will be available at all times. When construction is complete on the public parking lot, work on the employee parking lot will begin. The two-phase project is anticipated to be complete in November.

This construction is one of many projects funded by the Big Urbie grant, a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The required 40 percent match is being provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.

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For more information, contact: Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996; or Stacey Armstrong, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Projects Manager, 417-866-1127.

Visit Big Urbie's Web site.
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