Springfield city officials have begun work to repair sight line concerns at the intersection of Bennett Street and Jefferson Avenue that prompted criticism earlier this summer.
According to a news release by the city, the northbound lane of Jefferson Avenue will be closed in the area directly south of Bennett Street beginning for bridge modifications. Lane shifts will be used to maintain one northbound lane and one southbound lane through the construction zone. Lane drops will be in place for approximately three weeks.
The Springfield Fire Department will be able to accept a FEMA grant for safety equipment. Springfield City Council unanimously approved a bill Monday, agreeing to pay a ten percent match. The city’s share will be $$63,948 with federal funds totaling $575,538.
The money will be used to pay for 90 SCBA’s (self-contained breathing apparatus), which are needed when firefighters must enter smoke-filled buildings or when responding to chemical spills.
Springfield City Council could decide tonight a bill that would provide money for safety equipment for the city’s firefighters. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. According to Springfield’s assistant fire chief, Dave Pennington, it’s a yearly grant application that allows fire departments to apply funds for tools and equipment for fire safety.
The start of K-12 classes this week brought an uptick in morning and mid-afternoon traffic to Springfield. But as college courses resume next week, crews will still be working to complete construction along a major thoroughfare near the Missouri State University campus.
Rush hour has produced heavy congestion this summer at the intersection of Grand Street and Kimbrough Avenue, where crews have been performing repairs to aging utility lines. The $658,765 project is funded by the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.