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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Motorists should expect lane shifts on Boonville Avenue between Central Street and Chestnut Expressway beginning 9 a.m., Thursday, March 5 to facilitate the demolition of three vacant buildings along Boonville. The lane shift is expected to last several weeks to provide a safe buffer zone between the work site and the traveling public.
The sidewalk on the west side of Boonville Avenue is closed during construction. Pedestrians are advised to use the sidewalk on the east side of the roadway.
About the project: The City of Springfield is underway in the construction to demolish three vacant buildings along Boonville – 827, 833 and 843-845 N. Boonville. The buildings have been acquired by the City over the past few years because they are in disrepair and are considered to be dangerous buildings. A paved municipal parking lot, constructed by Public Works Street Division will replace the buildings. The lot will include 100 spaces, accessible parking for handicapped visitors to Government Plaza and lighting.
The project is expected to take approximately 45 days, according to Jennifer Swan, a registered architect with the Department of Public Works’ Facility Design and Construction division. Swan anticipates the demolition will be complete in May. The demolition will be performed by Earth Savers Solutions LLC at a cost of $43,875.
The City Utilities bus stop shelter located just north of the buildings has been removed temporarily during the project to ensure public safety and will be reinstalled once the parking project is complete, Swan said. The parking lot project is still in the design phase and the Public Works Streets Division will construct the project.
For more information, please contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected]