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Oak Grove Residents Invited to Public Meeting to Discuss OakGrove/Catalpa Roundabout Project

March 4, 2015

Oak Grove residents invited to public meeting to discuss Oak Grove/Catalpa roundabout project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Property owners and residents in the Oak Grove neighborhood are invited to a come-and-go public meeting 4-6 p.m., March 12 at Cherry Street Baptist Church, 1201 S. Oak Grove, to discuss the roundabout project at the intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and Catalpa Street. Public Works will begin construction for this project in August.

Public Works encourages all property owners and residents near the intersection to attend the meeting to provide their feedback. Those unable to come to the meeting are invited to utilize the Community Voice section of springfieldmo.govto provide feedback.

The roundabout is being constructed in response the intersection's high crash rate. The intersection of Oak Grove and Catalpa has the fifth highest crash rate(the amount of crashes per million entering vehicles) in the city of Springfield.

"There were 17 crashes at this intersection in 2013 and 2014, including one fatality and one disabling injury. Oak Grove is used by about 8,000 vehicles per day and functions as an arterial street, even though it's in a residential area. The speed limit in the area is 30 mph, yet traffic moves much faster through the intersection," said Interim Assistant Director of Public Works Martin Gugel.

Recent traffic studies have shown that due to the lower amount of traffic on Catalpa, neither a traffic signal or a 4-way stop is a recommended solution.

The projected cost for the project is $350,000, funded by the 1/8-Cent Transportation Sales Tax, along with funding from the Streets division and Stormwater budgets.

Benefits of roundabouts: Roundabouts simplify intersections, giving the driver a smoother transition to entrances and exits. The one-lane roundabout requires drivers to yield to one-way traffic before entering, then round the loop to the appropriate exit. If drivers miss their exit from a roundabout, they can imply travel around the circle again and exit on the appropriate road.

Not only are roundabouts typically safer, they also keep traffic flowing, thereby reducing emissions.

For more information, please contact Martin Gugel at 417-864-1980.

 

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