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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The public parking lot directly in front of the Busch Municipal Building will reopen to the public at 7 a.m., Wednesday. The new parking lot will allow traffic to enter at the new north entrance on Robberson Avenue and circulate to exit at the new south exit on Robberson. Handicap parking has been and will continue to be available at City Government Plaza throughout all phases of construction.
Demolition of the City employee parking lot for Phase 2 of the project also begins Wednesday.
The parking lot reconstruction project is a Big Urbie grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches streams. Once complete, the project will include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants and trees.
The pavement work is expected to be complete in mid-January, while the plantings will take place around the first of April, weather permitting.
The project is a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie), 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.
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.