SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Commercial Club of Springfield invites people to learn about the next step in the restoration of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. It’s scheduled a Meet & Greet public meeting for Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 – 8, at White River Brewing, 505 W. Commercial St.
The Club hired VS Engineering for a site visit and an assessment of the footbridge. Engineers Dan Kurdziel and Jim Barker from VS will work closely with Kirk Juranas of Springfield Public Works Department and Spencer Jones of Great River Engineering whose structural analysis will be the basis for their assessment.
The Footbridge Update & Community Meet & Greet will feature quick overviews by Kirk Juranas and Spencer Jones and a brief description of the work VS Engineers will do during their site visit followed by some time for questions and answers.
The meeting will include finger food from C-Street Eateries, Lindbergs, Big Momma’s, Ms Gilmore’s Tearoom, Sisters in Thyme, Pizza House and Eurasia Cafe, as well as tea from Chabom and White River Beer on tap.
Commercial Street merchants have made the VS Engineering assessment possible. The original cost of $9,700 for the site visit was reduced by $1,500 by providing a C-Street loft for the visit and by all nine eateries on the street providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for our guests, beginning Sunday evening, April 30 through Thursday, May 4.
A $5,000 contribution from Collette Parker Restoration (CPR for historic properties) and owners of Historic Firehouse No. 2 secured the contract with VS Engineers. That leaves a $3,200 balance that will need to be raised by Commercial Club for the remainder of the engineering fee, which will be due at the completion of the work later this summer.
VS Engineering specializes in historic structures in the Midwest and was recommended to the club by the State Historic Preservation Organization and the Historic Bridge Foundation. They have a long history of working on steel truss bridges in an effort to save them from being dismantled or falling into disrepair by finding financially reasonable rehabilitation methods. Jim Barker has co-authored books about the historic and structural nature of steel truss bridges and wooden covered bridges.
Paul Parker of CPR said of their contribution “C-Street has been very good to us and we feel it is our civic duty to invest in the future of our neighborhood. There is no better way than to support the restoration of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge that says so much about the importance of the railroad to the Springfield community.”
Donations towards the project, including restoration and ongoing maintenance can be made to a new fund started by Commercial Club at Community Foundation of the Ozarks. An announcement about the new fund…