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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Update and Community Meet & Greet - Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 - 8 p.m. White River Brewing (505 West Commercial Street)
Commercial Club of Springfield invites the community to learn about the next step in the restoration of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. The Club has hired VS Engineering for a site visit and an assessment of the Footbridge. Engineers Dan Kurdziel and Jim Barker from VS will be working closely with Kirk Juranas of Springfield Public Works Department and Spencer Jones of Great River Engineering whose structural analysis will be the basis for their assessment.
The Footbridge Update & Community Meet & Greet will feature quick overviews by Kirk Juranas and Spencer Jones and a brief description of the work VS Engineers will be doing during their site visit followed by some time for questions and answers. Finger food from C-Street Eateries Lindbergs, Big Momma’s, Ms Gilmore’s Tearoom, Sisters in Thyme, Pizza House and Eurasia Cafe. Tea from Chabom will be served and White River Beer will be on tap.
Commercial Street merchants have made the VS Engineering assessment possible. The original cost of $9,700 for the site visit was reduced by $1,500 by providing a C-Street loft for the visit and by all 9 eateries on the street providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for our guests, beginning Sunday evening, April 30 through Thursday, May 4. A $5,000 contribution from Collette Parker Restoration (CPR for historic properties) and owners of Historic Firehouse No2, secured the contract with VS Engineers that leaves a $3,200 balance that will need to be raised by Commercial Club for the remainder of engineering fee which will be due at the completion of the work sometime
later this summer.
VS Engineering specializes in historic structures in the midwest and was recommended to the club by the State Historic Preservation Organization and the Historic Bridge Foundation. They have a long history of working on steel truss bridges in an effort to save them from being dismantled or falling into disrepair by finding financially reasonable rehabilitation methods. Jim Barker has co-authored books about the historic and structural nature of steel truss bridges and wooden covered
Paul Parker of CPR said of their contribution “C-Street has been very good to us and we feel it is our civic duty to invest in the future of our neighborhood. There is no better way than to support the restoration of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge that says so much about the importance of the railroad to the Springfield community.”
Donations towards the project, including restoration and ongoing maintenance can be made to a new fund started by Commercial Club at Community Foundation of the Ozarks. An announcement about the new fund will also be made at the Footbridge Update meeting. A link to the fund can be found on Facebook either at Historic C-Street or Save Our Footbridge.
For more information, contact:
Mary Collette: President, Commercial Club of Springfield, 417-839-0119
Kirk Juranas: Springfield Public Works, 417-864-1938
Dan Kurdziel: VS Engineers, 651-271-2568