Monday, May 17, 2010

PHASE TWO OF THE CAPITOL AVENUE PROJECT TO BEGIN

Phase two of the Capitol Avenue project will begin this week with the closure of Capitol between 5th and 6th streets on Thursday, May 20th. This will allow for utility relocation and the reconstruction of the pavement. Also, 6th Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic to facilitate the reconstruction of the intersection at Capitol. This part of phase two involving the closure of 5th to 6th Streets will last approximately two months, but the timetable is extremely weather dependent. The portion of Capitol from 7th to 6th will be closed later in the construction season.

Motorists should follow the marked detour route or use alternate routes to avoid the closure. Pedestrians are asked to use caution in the area as some sidewalks could be closed.

The Capitol Avenue project’s first phase, from 11th to 7th Street was completed last year. It involved removing the street, rebuilding and moving utilities, and rebuilding the roadway with decorative brick. New sidewalks and landscaping are also being installed, in an effort to beautify the promenade leading to the state Capital.

The design was created to achieve a balance between Capitol Avenue’s roles as a traffic artery and a ceremonial corridor was critical to the project’s success. Capitol Avenue currently carries approximately 6,000 vehicles per day. The design also enhanced the visual experience of the Capitol Building.

The Capitol Avenue project was a recommendation made by the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team back in 2002 as part of a larger design to make downtown more livable and inviting. It was described as “arguably the most important streetscape environment in the city of Springfield” by the R/UDAT team.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Springfield Police arrest 8 in drug sweep

Eight (8) people have been arrested by the Springfield Police Department and charged with a variety of drug related offenses, the result of actions taken over a three (3) day period by the Springfield Police Department’s Pro-Active Crime Unit and Street Crime Unit with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team.

Officers also confiscated a variety of illegal drugs, various drug equipment including scales, over $1,800 cash and several weapons. Search warrants were issued for seven locations where suspected drug activity was occurring and were executed between 05-12-10 and 05-14-10. One arrest is still pending under one of the search warrants where items were recovered.

“This action culminates many, many hours of hard work by officers who have monitored illicit activity and developed information that resulted in arrests,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “It is comforting to know that we have taken a number of drug dealers off the street. Hopefully this will send a signal to others that we will be watching closely and taking action when appropriate.”

Charged with manufacture and delivery of cannabis were:

Denetrious Horton M/B 04/22/81 - 1011 S. 12th
James McGrone M/B 01/27/78 - 1011 S. 12th
Anthony McGrone M/B 10/12/85 – 1011 S. 12th
John V. Daughtery M/W 01/28/82 – 1037 W. Elliott
Anthony Gregory M/B 08/22/79 – 1331 E. Edwards
Pam Williams F/W 09/12/73 – 804 S. 13th
Timothy D. Akins M/B 01/01/75 – 2006 E. Pine

Charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance was:
David E. Readus M/B 08/03/83 – 1815 E. Pine

Additionally, Gregory was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon, and Akins was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Confiscated were digital scales, some with cocaine residue, cannabis, heroin, cocaine, four handguns, ammunition and more than $1,800 in cash.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT BESTOWS AWARDS TO CIVILIANS AND OFFICERS FOR 2009

Awards and certificates were handed out today to a number of individuals who displayed extraordinary efforts to help solve crimes and maintain the peace in the City of Springfield.

“I want to thank the Springfield Police Department for being one of the first to step up to the plate and agree to concessions that are allowing us to get through these difficult financial times,” Mayor Tim Davlin said. “Everyone has had to tighten their belts as we moved into the new fiscal year. The Police Department early on agreed to partner with us and help us get through this period without laying off any officers.”