Springfield’s Hartman & Co. Inc. started preliminary work for a $2.9 million Grand Street widening and infrastructure improvement project.
Hartman & Co. is the contractor for the project that calls on widening Grand to three lanes from Kansas Expressway west to Park Avenue. It will mean the construction of a new bridge over Jordan Creek. Crews expect to demolish the current bridge in May, and traffic will be detoured for five months until the project is complete, according to a news release.
Funded by the city’s eighth-cent transportation sales tax, the project also calls for:
• the addition of a center turn lane;
• updated stormwater infrastructure;
• stream restoration efforts;
• an improved railroad crossing;
• a new sidewalk; and
• a multiuse path connecting to the existing Ozark Greenways trail system.
Last week, Hartman & Co. began installing erosion control methods to protect Jordan Creek. The company will clear trees and brush in the coming weeks, according to the release.
Officials indicate the Grand Street bridge project was identified in a 2015 transportation survey by residents as the No. 1 priority in need of improvements across the city.
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