Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project
As part of the Springfield Art Museum Master Plan, construction of stormwater improvements to Fassnight Creek are planned to begin in summer 2020 along Brookside Drive, roughly between National Avenue and Kings Avenue.
STORMWATER PROJECT DETAILS:
Estimated Construction Begin:
• Missouri Department of Natural Resources Stormwater Grant
• Missouri Department of Conservation Native Planting Grant
• Environmental Protection Agency 319 Grant
• 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax
“Stormwater improvements are the first step in the realization of the Art Museum’s Master Plan. The removal of the property from the floodplain will allow us to continue operating as an AAM Accredited art museum and will also help us move forward improving the building and grounds to increase the Museum’s presence and value in the community.”
~ Nick Nelson,
Springfield Art Museum
About the Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project
The Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement project will restore this section of Fassnight Creek to a naturalized channel for the benefit of flood mitigation, water quality and creation of urban wildlife habitat. Construction will involve the removal of approximately 1,000 linear feet of existing concrete channel, studied by master plan consultant BNIM and determined to be completed after 1930s-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) improvements were made. The project design will intentionally incorporate naturalized pools and more than 200 native Missouri plantings.
The stormwater project will impact three bridges currently providing vehicle access over Fassnight Creek.
The West and East Bridges connecting Art Museum grounds to Brookside Drive will be replaced with pedestrian bridges with improved hydraulic performance. Vehicle access to the museum parking lot will then be redirected to Bennett Street.
In order to facilitate the necessary stormwater capacity to bring the area out of the flood plain, the third bridge at Kings Avenue will be removed and Kings Avenue closed to traffic at Bennett Street.
“The Kings Avenue bridge acts as a stormwater bottleneck, backing the flow of water up into Art Museum grounds,” explains Public Works project manager Kirkland Preston. “Removal of the bridge, thereby providing uninterrupted flow of the open channel, is the best way to provide the necessary capacity to help protect the museum and surrounding properties in times of heavy rain.”
Carrying on average 400 cars per day, this stretch of Kings Avenue is also classified as a low-volume roadway with around one-sixth the daily traffic as surrounding streets, added Preston.
Future Trail Project
In conjunction with the stormwater improvements, transportation and recreation opportunities to Phelps Grove Park and the Art Museum will be improved through the future construction of a multi-use trail connection, planned for construction in fall 2021.
The connection will begin at Clay Avenue, continue east through Phelps Grove Park and end at Brookside Drive. The new 1,600 linear foot path will include a bike repair station, ADA ramps and will connect to shared bike lanes on Brookside Drive via a new pedestrian bridge.
The trail project will begin construction following the completion of a separate stretch of trail further to the west, from Jefferson Avenue to Clay Avenue. When all is complete, this section of trail will stretch from the ARt Museum to Phelps Grove Park to Parkview High School and Fassnight Park and will ultimately connect up with the future Grant Avenue Parkway BUILD grant project.
The Fassnight trail project will be funded through federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grants with the City funding a 20% match through the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.