Galloway Residents Sour on Roundabout Design


SPRINGFIELD — Plans are in the works for a couple of new roundabout projects in the Galloway neighborhood in east Springfield, but some residents there aren’t loving the idea. 

The Galloway Neighborhood Association has gone rounds with the City of Springfield on the projects’ effect on the neighborhood.

The plan is to put in two roundabouts on both ends of Galloway street. One at Lone Pine, and one at the Primrose intersection.

On Tuesday night, Springfield Public Works and Project Manager Jonathan Peitz presented the project for neighbors to see, but members of the neighboorhood association like Charles Ewing say it doesn’t fit the Galloway Village asthetic.

“This does not represent what galloway Village looks like. This is a concrete center median. There is no trees, there is no room for grass. there is no thought process in terms of planting trees the entire way down going to Galloway Village,” says Ewing.

Peitz says the public comment they are recieiving is helpful, and that the city is trying to meet the needs of everyone.

“There’s been comments about the trees and the aestetics of everything, and we’ll continue to have those dialouges with the neighborhood association on the best solution we can have for those,” says Peitz. 

Construction is slated to begin on this at the end of 2020, and plans are to have it done by 2021. There are still concerns among neighbors about how this effects traffic in the subdivisions, and the fire station at Primrose and Galloway street. 

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