SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Improvements will soon be made to Galloway Street.
The initial design for a widening project was just completed, and Springfield public works released those plans Wednesday.
They highlighted two roundabouts at Luster street and Lone Pine Avenue on Galloway Street.
The city said the goal of this project is to improve traffic safety, but some residents around the area say they’re concerned the roundabouts may not be easily accessible.
“The goal of the project is to improve safety for all users, for those that are traveling,” said Jonathan Peitz, a professional engineer for the public works department of the city of Springfield.
Jonathan Peitz is an engineer for the city.
He said the widening on Galloway was the second most requested project from residents in 2015 and 2018, “the project includes widening galloway to three lanes, from luster to lone pine, and then at the intersection of luster and Galloway, there will be a new roundabout, and then also at the intersection of lone pine and Galloway, there will be a new roundabout as well.”
However, not everyone likes the plans.
“When talking to the neighbors, I get feedback of a lot of people aren’t too excited about roundabouts,” said Wendy Huscher, the treasurer at the Galloway Village Neighborhood Association.
Huscher said the group can now work with engineers. “we’re excited that something is finally going to happen with Galloway road because it’s been in need of widening or improvements for several years now.”
The project also includes a sidewalk on the south side of Galloway street.
“The map shows the sidewalk on the south side of Galloway, which I’m just a little confused on that one, why wouldn’t it be on the north side of Galloway road? Because that’s where the people are, so everybody’s going to have to cross over Galloway to get to the sidewalk on the south side,” said Huscher.
“Also with the project, we will be improving the drainage along with luster at Galloway,” Peitz said.
“That’s possibly a good thing, but my concern there would be is where is that water going to go to? I don’t know,” Huscher said.
Huscher said she’ll just have to wait until the meeting next week to know more.
“I really do want to encourage our neighbors to really come out, because the city is giving us the opportunity to give our opinion directly to them before anything’s been done, so things can be changed now if they don’t like it,” Huscher said.
Public works will be presenting all this information in detail next Tuesday.
The meeting will be on Tuesday, May 21st, 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., at All Saints Anglican Church, on 2751 E. Galloway St.