Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Michele Skalicky

Ground has been broken for the Route 66 Plaza and Streetscape project on College Street.  An area from Broadway and College west to the Route 66 Roadside Park will see improvements over the next several months.

The approximately $1.1 million project will include a new pedestrian plaza, crosswalks, ADA-compliant sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting, utility improvements and on-street parking.  Funds are being raised for a lighted clock tower for the area.

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The City of Springfield is getting ready for the Route 66 Festival.  It starts Friday and runs through Sunday (8/12-8/14) throughout downtown.

The event will feature classic car and motorcycle shows, concerts, parades, an ice cream social, drive-in movie, a poker run and a 6.6 mile run/walk.  There will also be Route 66 authors, artists, collectors and associations displaying and selling their wares.

The Route 66 Festival started in 2010 as a small car show hosted by the West Central Neighborhood Alliance.

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The public is invited to have a say in how revenue from the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan will be used.

The City of Springfield will host a series of public input meetings beginning later this month about how to spend the more than half a million dollars.

Potential public improvement projects that are being considered include:

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Starting tomorrow (7/26), Springfield Public Works will test out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design.  The pilot study will be conducted at the intersection of Battlefield and Campbell.

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The City of Springfield’s Zone Blitz initiative is moving full steam ahead after an event at Nichols Park to kick it off.  Community Listen Zone Blitz is an effort to improve the quality of life in northwest Springfield.

Priority projects were identified during a three-week listening tour in Zone 1 neighborhoods. 

Zone 1 council member, Phyllis Ferguson, said her part of town has problems and they’re problems that have been around for too long.