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The noise and detours caused by road construction in downtown Springfield will soon come to an end. Most of these projects are scheduled to be completed by the first week of August. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.
Since the start of the downtown street improvements, businesses have dealt with less foot traffic, less curbside parking, and inconveniences to their customers that comes with the construction. Kathryn Vicat is the Community Development and Festival Manager for the Urban Districts Alliance. She shares how business owners feel about the construction projects.
“They’re not real pleased with the construction just because of the inconvenience factor, but they also understand that the finished product is going to be so nice that they are very excited about it,” Vicat said.
Vicat expects business throughout downtown to return to normal soon, as the various improvements are set to be completed within the coming months.
“Everything is supposed to be done right around the start of school, so they are thinking that once that gets done and school starts back up things will pick back up and get back to normal,” said Vicat.
The Park Central Square improvements from South Avenue to Park Central East including the south and east entrances are scheduled to be completed by August 7th, and the entire square should be finished by September 15th. The other street projects in the downtown area are also planned to be completed before or during August.Vicat shares with us the goal of these projects for downtown Springfield.
“The big goal is to make it an attractive and appealing place to make as a destination…people want to feel comfortable and safe and they want to enjoy their surroundings, and once everything is completed they have anticipations for a great result,” said Vicat.
Until completion of the construction, all businesses remain open, and parking can be found in the downtown garages. For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.