October 07, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Over-height Truck Proposal for Grant Underpass

The City’s Traffic Engineering Division is recommending a prohibition on over-height trucks using Grant Avenue between Commercial and Chase streets because of the number of violations of the low-clearance signage on the BNSF railroad bridge.

In the past four years, there have been 13 reported incidents of over-height trucks becoming wedged under the bridge and blocking traffic, including four so far this year. This has occurred despite oversized signage stating the clearance height of 11’6” under the bridge built in 1910.

After studying various alternatives in an attempt to eliminate or minimize the incidents with over-height trucks, the Traffic Engineering Division is recommending the prohibition of over-height trucks as the most cost-effective and convincing form of notification about the low-clearance.

The Springfield Citizens Traffic Advisory Board unanimously endorsed this option. Citizens are invited to offer input before a final recommendation is forwarded to the City Council. Citizens can contact Earl Newman, Assistant Director of Public Works/City Traffic Engineer, through Oct. 23, 2009 by calling 864-1970 sending comments via e-mail to: city@springfieldmo.gov.

Currently, there are virtually no trucks using Grant Avenue in the area between Commercial and Kearney streets as a result of the low-clearance at the railroad bridge. The truck prohibition is intended to inform those truck drivers who are unfamiliar with the area that they must detour around the low-clearance bridge.

Over-height trucks approaching the railroad bridge will be directed with additional signage to the Kansas Expressway viaduct approximately 0.7 mile to the west and parallel to Grant Avenue to cross over the railroad tracks.

Following the end of the comment period, a report will be forwarded to City Council with a final recommendation.

For more information, contact: Earl Newman, Assistant Director of Public Works/City Traffic Engineer, 864-1970.

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840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
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