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Springfield eyes big projects to ease snarled traffic if voters renew transportation sales tax

January 10, 2012|by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | pmorehouse@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The city is mulling over some big projects that could ease traffic congestion if voters renew a 1/8-percent sales tax.

The city of Springfield recently surveyed residents, asking for their input on which areas are the most problematic for motorists.  More than 1,100 people responded.

Two areas they cited for improvement deal with bridges.  One calls for replacing the Battlefield Road bridge over U.S. 65; the other calls for the construction of a Chestnut Expressway bridge over the railroad tracks just west of U.S. 65.

"This will let traffic on Chestnut go up and over the tracks so that they're not delayed by the train.  You don't have to worry about accidents with the trains and vehicles. It also will help keep traffic from backing up on 65 south of the interchange with Chestnut because of the trains," said Springfield Director of Public Works Phil Broyles.

Both areas of concern are on a lengthy list of future projects.  In order to get them completed, the city has to ask voters to approve a 1/8-percent transportation sales tax renewal.

The measure has passed every four years since 1996. The city hopes to get the issue on the August ballot.  It would raise about $17 million over four years.

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