'We're really trying to improve Franklin Boulevard'
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Work has reached the halfway mark along Franklin Boulevard in the Glenwood area to rebuild a long section of the roadway.
Construction crews are taking the month off but will resume work early next month.
The major work so far has been for sidewalks, bike lanes and some travel lanes through the boulevard, from the McVay interchange west to Brooklyn Avenue.
Engineers say construction will eventually reach Glenwood Boulevard.
"We're really trying to improve Franklin Boulevard, the safety of Franklin Boulevard, -also have pedestrian and bike facilities out here, which were pretty much non-existent prior to the project," said Kristi Krueger, the princiipal project engineer.
Krueger said two roundabouts are also built into the plan to improve traffic safety on the boulevard.
"The road work is $6 million of the total $15 million cost.
Design work, planning and right-of-way land purchases take up the rest of the costs.