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We are excited to see you here and hope that you will check back regularly to stay informed about what Ozarks Transportation Organization is doing in the region. Additionally, we want to hear from you. We want to know what transportation needs are effecting you and how we can help.

All public comment matters and is passed on to our Board of Directors. From time to time you will see project specific posts here and you can comment on those. If you don’t know the exact project you want comment on, don’t worry. Just comment to this post and we will take care of the rest.

10 Comments on Leave Us a Comment

  1. Hey, I love the new site.

  2. m thornton // July 22, 2016 at 5:20 am // Reply

    How about a sidewalk /bike path and bus stop down to lone pine at east republic road from south glenstone.

  3. The Highway 160 north to Willard is still very bottlenecked and needs to be a 4-lane. You have put this improvement off long enough always with the excuse of no money or another road has priority. Morning and evening rush hour traffic is horrible and I just hope I don’t go to my grave first before you improve this road. It’s been on your list since the late ’70s and is the only non-4-lane road that comes into Springfield. Do you hate us? Don’t go by how many cars use that road because a lot of us use state highway AB south to avoid the congestion and it too could use improvements.

    • Thank you for your input. I am pleased to inform you that US160 from I-44 to Farm Road 94 is planned to be widened to a four lane section in 2020 and 2021. We are hopeful that the planned project will alleviate some of the congestion that you are experiencing. Last year OTO did prioritize a portion of 160 as a priority for funding. MoDOT then added a four-lane improvement on US160 from I-44 to Farm Road 94 as a project to begin in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in state fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 to June 2021). Unfortunately, due to the lack of revenue for transportation projects a piece mill approach is necessary at this time. There has been no funding identified for the remaining portion. In August 2014, Amendment 7 (a 3/4 cent ten-year sales tax) was defeated. The widening of US160 from I-44 to AB was included in the Amendment 7 project list. We continue to advocate for additional revenue and US160 remains of the list of priority needs for the region.

      We appreciate your input and encourage any additional questions or commentary.

  4. Mary Kromrey // May 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm // Reply

    Please notice the red line running off to the northwest on the map. This is a widing of Highway160 between Springfield and AB highway in Willard from 2-lanes to 4 lanes. Please include–A bike /ped underpass shoud be plannded to connect current and future resiedental development on the west side of 160—to the Frisco HighlineTrail on the east which has connections to downtown Willard, two city parks and three schools. We already receive requests for a safe crossing to the trail with just a the two lane highway.

    Thank you.

    • Thank you for reminding us of this important connection. We have been assured that MoDOT will consider this in the design of the US160 widening improvements.

  5. could really use a route to the Galloway Creek trailhead from the west… pretty much impossible to get there safely on a bike without zigzagging across the countryside. which is nice, unless you just want to commute to work. at the very least, a few shortcuts would be quite helpful. perhaps something parallel to 65.

  6. I just moved from Seattle where we biked everywhere. I would recommend networking with Cascade Bicycle to get recommendations and advice from topics of trail development, education for both drivers and bicyclists and everything else. They would a be a great resource. I am hesitant to bike on the road because I dont feel like the drivers understand how to behave around bicyclists. Maybe it is a matter of education?

    This is their link – https://www.cascade.org/ . I used to bike to the grocery store, to work, everywhere.. I hope to do this one day in Nixa.

  7. In Delaware neighborhood, we are schedule to have two new sidewalks on 1600-1700 blocks of Fairway and Kentwood avenues. The issue is that there are very few sidewalks on Sunshine and Glenstone is broken up significantly between the Walmart market and Sunshine and Glenstone. Both of these are major thoroughfares with a fair amount of pedestrian traffic but no place to walk safely. Can you add projects for these? We used to have a guy in a wheelchair who would have to travel on the far right of Sunshine in the outer lane. He has since passed away but who is to say when the next disabled person will need access to stores along Sunshine. Thanks for letting me post.

    • Thank you for your feedback on transportation concerns in the region. We will be sharing your comments with our Board of Directors and with the Transportation Improvement Program Subcommittee. We have shared your comments directly with the City of Springfield and MoDOT, and they have provided feedback as well.

      MoDOT stated that their emphasis right now is bringing existing sidewalk into ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. The upgrade of existing sidewalk to comply with the ADA on Glenstone and Sunshine east of Glenstone will occur tentatively in the 2021 to 2023 timeframe. This will address existing sidewalk locations, but won’t add much new sidewalk, such as on the west side of Glenstone. It will, however, include some of the driveway crossings. MoDOT asked if you have any specific locations where the sidewalk is broken up. I would gladly share those details with them.

      The City of Springfield asked that we share this response from them:
      Thank you for your involvement in the public comment period for the upcoming TIP funding. Sunshine Street west of Glenstone Avenue is under City of Springfield jurisdiction. We have received requests in the past for sidewalk along Sunshine Street, and have therefore, identified this on our unfunded needs list. Some of the issues we have ran into, when looking to construct sidewalk along either side of Sunshine, include (but are not limited to), limited right-of-way, driveway conflict points, parking abutting the edge of right-of-way, and funding. Some of these constraints have made it difficult for us to construct sidewalk along this segment of Sunshine, but we continue to seek the funding needed to accomplish this project. In the meantime, there are numerous (re)developments that have occurred along this stretch of Sunshine, which (per City Code) are required to construct sidewalk along their property frontage (hence, the random segments of sidewalk along Sunshine). This will continue to be a requirement for (re)development, and will allow for us to more easily fill these gaps in the future.

      As for Glenstone Avenue – this street falls under MODOT’s jurisdiction, and will defer questions/concerns regarding Glenstone to MODOT.

      If you have further questions, please feel free to give us a call at (417) 864-1971 or shoot us an email at destell@springfieldmo.gov.

      Kind regards,

      City of Springfield – Public Works: Traffic Operations

      Thank you again for providing your comments. I will forward your specific location concerns to MoDOT if you have those details. Please let us know if you have any further questions regarding this or any other transportation concerns.

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