By Josh Marler
Construction on Central Street, which has had an impact on students’ routes to school the last few months, is almost complete, said OTC officials.
“It is a public partnership between City of Springfield and OTC,” said College Director of Communications and Marketing Mark Miller, “OTC put in about $1 million–half cash and the other half was in property.”
OTC has been buying properties around campus for years, Miller said, and granted right of way to the city through those properties.
“This is a road project from the City of Springfield. Their vision is to improve Pythian Street from Glenstone to the Government Plaza to the west,” said Miller. “Closing off Central Street was part of this. OTC supported that project because it improves the safety of students, faculty, and staff as they cross the street.”
The construction on Central Street started after graduation in May, and should be done around the beginning of spring semester said Miller.
“The main goal has been to improve safety for the students who walk on Central Street and decrease the speed of vehicles traveling on it,” said Miller, “Traffic flow on Central Street and Brougher Street will be improved.”
The road project has been an inconvenience while it has taken place, but the end result will be worth it, Cindy Wilson, assistant director of OTC Middle College said.
“I also have to reroute my entrance into the school,” Middle College Director Tiffany Brunner said.
Other some additional maintenance, such as fixing up the roofs, the major construction projects around campus are finished, Miller said.