Primrose expansion leads north side to envy


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The City of Springfield is hoping to widen a narrow road on the south side of town and the Springfield School district is helping foot the bill.  

Expected to start in April, the project to widen a section of Primrose running between South and Kimbrough streets is set to cost $2.2 Million. 

According to city engineers the Springfield School district is putting up about $57,000 worth of that.  

That money would be just enough to cover the addition of a sewer pipe there on the nearby Kickapoo campus.  

The project, being so close to the Kickapoo campus, has some frustrated.  

The president of the Hillcrest Parent Teacher Student Association, Judy Hylton, calls the project another north side neglect, adding that kids at Hillcrest have to walk along the side of the road to get to other campus facilities.  

The city says the Primrose project has nothing to do with city zones.  

“The road is getting widened but they’re getting sidewalks,” Hylton says. “And I just feel like we need sidewalks also.” 

“Well, the need is primrose street. It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the high school itself. It just has to do with the traffic patterns that we’re seeing through primrose. Primrose itself is a busy road,” city engineer Andrew Flippin says. “The counts just show that it needs to be widened. And currently, the section in front of Kickapoo high school is a bottleneck.” 

The Primrose widening project is set to wrap up 8 months after the ground is first broken on the expansion.  

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