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The City of Springfield is looking for input on “The Link” between South Creek and Primrose Avenue at a public meeting on Thursday night. The meeting will focus on improvements to The Link, which is the set of walkways and bike lanes that connect the Greenway trails to activity centers around the area. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
The Link routes all run along low-volume, slow speed streets around Springfield. David Hutchinson is the pedestrian and bicycle engineer for the city. He says the first phase of the project will stretch all over the community, starting around South Creek and connecting to Fassnight Creek at Phelps Grove Park.
“We’ll go through Missouri State University campus and the University Plaza Convention Center area. It will go through, connect into Jordan Valley trail and Jordan Valley Park; Ozark Technical Community College, Drury University, North Jordan Creek trail, which then takes you out toward Evangel University.”
Hutchinson says The Link will then be potentially expanded to the Commercial Street Business district, around Doling Park.
So far, The Link has already established routes from MSU to Kearney Street. Other routes being considered for street improvement include walkways along Jefferson Avenue and parts of Primrose Street in Springfield.
“It is funded from a number of different city funds. There is a one-eighth cent sales tax money in it; there is a quarter cent sales tax money in it. The one-quarter cent neighborhood fund that we had a few years ago has funded what’s been built so far.”
The public meeting will be an open house-style gathering. The meeting will include visual displays and information for a roundabout intersection at Walnut Lawn Street and Maryland Avenue. There will also be information about a possible crosswalk with a traffic signal on Sunset Street east of Kimbrough Avenue.
At the meeting, representatives will be available to answer questions about The Link proposal, and will discuss the two considered street improvements.
The goal is to have these new routes in place by the end of 2013, Hutchinson says.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.
That public meeting will run from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Cowden Elementary School in Springfield.