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Business Review
3:16 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Approval of Springfield Work Environment Up, Streets Down, Survey Says

Downtown Springfield City Hall
Credit KSMU Archives

The City of Springfield Community Survey gauges citizen satisfaction in various areas. KSMU’s Simone Cook has details on the results of this year’s survey, which is distributed every three years.

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Keeping You Moving
12:40 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

IMAGES: Springfield Bridge Walls that Caused Blind Spot Being Lowered

Crews are cutting away a section of wall along the Jefferson Avenue bridge to address sight line concerns.
Alissa Zhu KSMU

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.

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Eye on the Community
10:06 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Firefighting Equipment on the Way

Firefighters
Credit Andrew Magill / Flickr

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.

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Eye on the Community
2:03 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

City Council to Decide FEMA Grant for Firefighters

Firefighters
Credit Andrew Magill / Flickr

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.

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Keeping You Moving
7:57 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Traffic Delays to Continue at Grand and Kimbrough Until Late September

Looking south on Kimbrough Ave in Springfield. The intersectin at Grand is expected to be under constructed through at least mid-September.
Scott Harvey KSMU

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.

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