Community Open House, Tuesday, March 1st, 4:30 to 6:30 at the Library Station
The OTO is preparing a grant application to help fix I-44 on the northside of Springfield, MO. As part of the grant application, the OTO is hosting a community open house Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Library Station’s Frisco Community Room. Community members will have an opportunity to learn about the grant proposal and visit with project team members. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please visit www.FixI44.com and leave a comment.
The Ozarks Transportation Organization in partnership with MoDOT, Greene County, and the City of Springfield is committed to making capacity improvements on I-44. The project being considered for the Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Discretionary Grant application runs from north Highway 13 (Kansas Expressway) to US 65. The project focuses on rebuilding I-44 and adding capacity by adding six-lanes, replacing six-aging bridges (Broadway Avenue, Grant Avenue, and National Avenue) and adding auxiliary lanes. Also included in the project application is a new interchange option at north Highway 13 and I-44 to replace the current diverging diamond. The project covers I-44 from Kansas Expressway to US 65. Construction funding is not a guaranteed outcome of the project application as it is a competitive grant.
“We need people to come out Tuesday, March 1, 2022, so we can find out how pedestrian improvements under I-44 on Broadway Avenue, Grant Avenue, and National Avenue will enhance people’s everyday lives”, says project manager Debbie Parks. “Also proposed as part of the overall project is a connection from Doling Park under I-44 to Norton Road at the Doling Trail. If you are impacted by I-44 along this corridor, we want to hear how it affects your daily life. Your comments matter to us.” The project team, led by consultants from Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT), have also been conducting a related study of the Highway 13 Interchange. The study’s recommended interchange solution will be considered in the grant application for funding. More information about the North Highway 13 Study can be found at www.North13Study.com.
For more information, contact: Debbie Parks, Grants Administrator, Ozarks Transportation Organization, 2208 W. Chesterfield Boulevard, Suite 101, Springfield, Missouri 65807, 417-865-3047.
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