Springfield Public Works

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Springfield voters decide Tuesday whether to continue two city sales tax plans estimated to generate a combined $50 million.

The ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax, which in past years have created revenue towards various infrastructure projects, are up for renewal.

Officials are hoping for renewal of each tax for the ninth and fifth times, respectively.

City of Springfield Plans for Snow Removal

Nov 23, 2015
City of Springfield

  Light snow fell over the weekend in Springfield reminding us that winter is just around the corner.  And Springfield’s Public Works is preparing to help keeps streets clear for drivers. Ron Bailey, Superintendent of Streets says they started planning for snow removal in September. This means getting materials in order, which include salt, beet juice and whatever rocks the city decides to use. It also means making sure that vehicles are ready.

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This past winter was less expensive for the City of Springfield than the one before.  Springfield Public Works says the city spent $350,000 less than the previous winter for snow and ice removal.

The total cost for clearance of streets, including labor, equipment, vehicle and materials was $650,000, according to superintendent of streets, Ron Bailey.  That compares to $1 million spent the winter before last.

City of Springfield

Greene County Highway Administrator Dan Smith will take over as Public Works director for the City of Springfield on Dec. 1.

The city announced Smith’s hire on Monday. He was among three finalists for the position to replace former director Phil Broyles, who passed away earlier this year. Kirk Juranas and Jonathan Gano have served as interim co-directors of the department.

Christopher Akins, City of Springfield

The first three quarters of 2014 produced improved crash numbers for the City of Springfield. But as KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports, high traffic volume coupled with distracted driving continues to be a dangerous mix.

Springfield intersections with the highest traffic volume and crash rates are Battlefield Rd. & Campbell Ave, Battlefield Rd. & National Ave, Campbell Ave & Sunshine St., and National Ave & Sunshine St.