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~ Springfield, MO - The City of Springfield, in collaboration with the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association, is set to celebrate the completion of intersection and pedestrian safety improvements in the neighborhood. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 17 from 5-6 p.m. at 1846 N. Grant.

The project, which was identified as a need by the neighborhood through the City's Neighborhood Works program, focuses on enhancing pedestrian safety and accessibility in Woodland Heights. This initiative aims to create a safer environment for both residents and visitors by implementing various improvements at the intersections of Grant Avenue and Chase Street, as well as Lyon Avenue and Chase Street.

One of the key changes made to improve pedestrian safety is the addition of curb extensions. These extensions not only shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians but also narrow driving lanes and slow down traffic. In addition, a new pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) has been installed at the Grant Avenue intersection to further alert drivers of pedestrians and provide a safe place to cross during heavy traffic.

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The project was designed by Public Works and completed by D&E Plumbing and Heating, Inc., with an estimated cost of $97,000. To mark this milestone, a brief ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on the northeast corner of Grant Avenue and Chase Street. Following the ceremony, a two-block walking tour of the improvements will take place. Parking is available along Chase Street east of the Grant Avenue intersection.

Becky Volz, President of Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association expressed her gratitude for being awarded funding through the Neighborhood Works grant program. "Marked crosswalks in this area have been desired for a long time," she said. "They will certainly enhance walkability in Woodland Heights and increase safety for pedestrians."

The Neighborhood Works program is funded through Springfield's ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and aims to support small-scale capital improvements within officially registered neighborhoods. This program allows residents to identify projects that will benefit their area the most, such as small-scale stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk and trail connections, public parking and alleyway improvements, and updates to parks. Each project is limited to $100,000 or less and must take place on city-owned property or right-of-way. Applications for the next round of Neighborhood Works funding are expected to be accepted this winter.

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