Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The last day to set out yardwaste is Monday morning, April 12, to take advantage of the City of Springfield's yardwaste pickup program.

Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags or cans and placed at the curb. The last day to set out yard waste for the special collection is Sunday evening. Do not remove the bagged leaves or cans from your curb once you place them there. No plastic bags will be accepted. Leaves left on boulevards will NOT be picked up.

Leaves should be placed in paper yardwaste bags--not grocery sacks or boxes. Cans of yard waste rather than paper bags are acceptable, but they cannot weigh more than 60 pounds and must be marked “yard waste” in letters large enough to be seen from the street by the drivers.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Parade Day Cab Ride Final Numbers Are In!

The Springfield Police Department is pleased to announce that our St. Patrick’s Day Safe Ride program was once again a tremendous success. During the time of the free rides, Springfield Police handled 8 motor vehicle crashes, of which only 2 resulted in minor injury. None of these crashes were alcohol-related. We made 3 DUI arrests during this same time period.

Local cab companies gave 306 free rides home at a cost of $2529.50. It was our goal to eliminate the drunk driver and the resultant crashes from our roadways during this period of celebration. These numbers are very encouraging and make our efforts worthwhile.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Part of Eastbound Cook to close for tree removal.

The eastbound traffic lanes on Cook Street from McCreery to Wheeler Avenues will be closed on Thursday, March 4th, to remove a tree. The closure should last one day, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists are asked to use caution traveling westbound on Cook Street. Motorists traveling eastbound are asked to use the marked detour or to avoid the area

Eastbound Adams closed between 10th and 11th.

The eastbound traffic lane of Adams Street from 10th to 11th Streets will be closed due to sewer repairs. The sanitary sewer repair should be completed in a week, but may be delayed by weather. Motorists are asked to use caution traveling westbound on Adams Street. Motorists traveling eastbound are asked to use alternate routes to avoid the area.

Traffic pattern will shift Friday at Washington Street bridge project.

Washington Street bridge reconstruction west of Chatham Road/Bruns Lane will have a new traffic pattern starting Friday, March 5th, in order to reconstruct the north lanes of the bridge. Traffic will be switched to the south lanes. One lane of traffic will be open to traffic in each direction throughout the reconstruction project. Eastbound left turns from Washington to Bruns Lane will once again be allowed.

The bridge reconstruction will last through June, weather permitting.

First between Ash and Oaks to close

First Street between Ash and Oaks Streets will be closed to traffic starting Thursday, March 4th, for sewer and road repairs. The sewer and road repairs should be completed by Monday, March 8th, but may be delayed by weather.


On Thursday, March 4, City Water, Light and Power customers located on Carpenter Street between 14th and 17th Streets and also those on 16th Street between Carpenter Street and Moffat Avenue will be temporarily without water while a water main valve is replaced. The service interruption is expected to begin around 8 a.m. with repairs expecting to be complete by noon Thursday.

This outage was previously scheduled for today but longer than expected excavation work has delayed the service interruption to tomorrow.

To accommodate repair crews, the east-bound lanes of Carpenter Street and the north-bound lanes of 16th Street at that intersection are currently closed. A detour route is marked with signage and will remain in place until surface pavement repairs are complete.