FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After several months of public engagement sessions and stakeholder meetings, the City of Springfield will present the Grant Avenue Parkway project team’s recommended baseline concept design for roadway improvements during a live, virtual public session 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9. Viewers can tune in to learn about the Design/Build competition ahead and have the opportunity to give feedback on future development and land use for the ongoing Grant Avenue Corridor Plan effort.
“We have been working alongside citizens and stakeholders for months to determine a set of community goals and refine a baseline concept design for the roadway project,” explains Public Works Project Manager Leree Reese. “The Design/Build process that comes next is new to the Springfield area. We want to ensure the public is involved and knows what to expect in 2021.”
The Grant Avenue corridor begins at Sunshine Street and culminates downtown. Participants are encouraged to visit grantavenueparkway.com to view the livestream presentation and provide feedback.
As an integral part of the development of the city’s comprehensive plan update, (known as Forward SGF) city staff continues to work closely with planning consultants Houseal Lavigne to develop a targeted plan for the Grant Avenue corridor.
“In addition to the parkway design, we have been evaluating development opportunities, complimentary building types and related improvements along Grant Avenue,” added Principal Planner for the City of Springfield Randall Whitman. “We plan to share our progress and ask for feedback from the public.”
About the Grant Avenue Parkway Corridor Improvement Project
Funded primarily by a $21 million federal Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant, the Grant Avenue Parkway will provide major transportation improvements along Grant Avenue in the heart of Springfield.
The Grant Avenue Parkway will create a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway along Grant Avenue between Sunshine Street and Downtown Springfield. The 3-mile stretch will connect downtown businesses and neighborhoods with the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium (WOW) – linking Springfield cultural experiences for both residents and visitors.
The Parkway route will further connect parks and recreation amenities, neighborhoods, schools, and fill a vital gap in the Ozark Greenways trail network.
The Parkway will start at Sunshine Street and end in a loop downtown via College Street, Boonville Avenue, Mill Street and Main Street. The route is envisioned to include bike and pedestrian friendly facilities, various traffic-calming improvements, bridge enhancements,utility upgrades, fiber connectivity and additional crossing and intersection improvements.
The City will be tackling this corridor improvement project with four improvement goals in mind: Transportation, Economic Development, Quality of Life and Community Revitalization.
To participate and learn more, visit grantavenueparkway.com.
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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].