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PHASE II Timeline:

Board of Aldermen Consideration (6/21/2021)COMPLETED
Pre-Construction Meeting (6/28/2021)COMPLETED
Develop the Contactor Project Construction Schedule
Concrete Demonstration / Test Section to be Poured July 16, 2021 - COMPLETED
Preconstruction Public Outreach Campaign
July - August 2021 - ONGOING
 Execute Notice to Proceed July 19, 2021 - COMPLETED
Official Project "Groundbreaking" and Gazebo Substantial CompletionJuly 30, 2021 @ 5pm on the Square - INFO HERE
Project ImplementationAugust 2nd - Project Completion - DRAFT Timeline
Ongoing Public Information CampaignJuly 2021 - Project Completion

The City has finalized the design of the transportation and pedestrian improvements for the Historic River District.  The official invitation for bids can be found by clicking Here

To see a summary of the estimated quantities click Here

To see a DRAFT Timeline outlning the project click Here.

The project was out for Bid until 5/18/2021.  The Board of Aldermen approved the final contract on June 21st of 2021.  Capital Construction was selected as the general contractor.  

This is going to be another amazing year for the Historic River District!   As always, communication will be key, and the City will be utilizing our social media accounts to keep the public informed. Please STAY TUNED!   

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The first phase of a major revitalization effort in the Historic Downtown has been completed! Crews worked hard over the winter months and made significant improvements to the water and sewer utilities.  

The crews began construction on the north side of the Central Business District and is progressed to the south at a steady rate. The decision to start from the north and head south was an attempt to mitigate negative impacts that construction can have on parking and the accessibility of our Downtown shops and restaurants.  We began working in the square on December 21st. This allowed the major events such as the parade of lights, Holiday dining, Christmas shopping, etc. to occur without any significant impacts.  The City has worked closely with the Historic River District to ensure that we remain aware of the concerns that accompany construction.  

 As crews worked in the heart of the Historic Downtown and around the square, City Staff  provided regular updates and information on impacted parking spaces, possible lane closures and any utility service interruptions.  Crews began working on the northeast corner of the square (2nd Ave and Church St.) on December 21st and continued to work in a counterclockwise pattern until all of the infrastructure around the square has been replaced and/or repaired.  

On December 20th of 2020 the Historic Square was changed to one-way traffic.  The vehicular movement is now controlled in a manner that only allows vehicles to travel in a counterclockwise pattern in order to eliminate the two-way traffic, limit the volume of vehicles and ultimately provide a safer working environment for the construction crews.   Additionally, signage was placed throughout the square to ensure that motorists and pedestrians can properly avoid the active work zones. 

Beginning in the month of January, our crews tackled one of the most complex portions of the project.  The northwest corner of the square serves as the primary outlet for the square's gravity sanitary sewer.  Our construction crews spent a  considerable amount of time on West Church Street in the 200 block.  The repair and replacement of the sanitary sewer required us to connect to the existing sewer main that is located out on 3rd St. / HWY 14.  After a difficult but successful January, we completed the water main replacements on the west, south and east blocks directly around the  square.  This is the counterclockwise progression that we have outlined in previous updates.  

February was another active and productive month despite the incredibly cold temperatures. Our crews worked through the weather, and we completed Phase I on March 22nd of 2021.  

These improvements have set the stage for the continued growth and revitalization of our beautiful Historic River District.  The City is excited to see all of these improvements come to fruition, however we do know that with our progress there will also be some nuisances.  We apologize in advance for any negative impacts and we greatly appreciate your patience as we move forward with Phase II of the project.  Please use an abundance of caution, follow the signage and remember to slow down when driving through any work zones.  Our number one goal throughout this entire project is to make sure that all of our staff and contractors go home safely at the end of each shift.  If you have any questions or concerns you can reach City Staff at 417-581-2407.

Collectively we realize that 2020 presented several unique challenges to retail and restaurants. Our goal is to work hand-in-hand with the property owners, tenants and customers that frequent the Historic Square. Stay tuned for more updates...


Downtown Utlitiy Phasing


Contact Information: 

Jeremy Parsons 417-581-2407 ext. 1104  jparsons@ozarkmissouri.org

John McCart 417-581-2407  ext. 1211    jmccart@ozarkmissouri.org

Q: What are construction crews doing downtown?

A: This is the first phase of a major revitalization effort in the Historic Downtown.  Over eight thousand feet (8,000’) of water main and three hundred feet (300’) of sanitary sewer main are being installed to replace the aging infrastructure located in our Central Business District.  The goal is to provide better service and fire protection, while at the same time preparing the Downtown for future revitalization.


Q: How long will this project take?

A: Phase I of the project will consist of replacing the existing water and sewer infrastructure.  The project started August 17th and is set to be completed by early February 2021.

Phase II will begin summer 2021 and will be completed by winter 2021.


Q: When will work be taking place?

A: Crews will typically not be working during weekends, or downtown special events.  Some night work will be required to mitigate negative impacts and avoid prolonged disruption of service.  Any weekend work or night work will be communicated to the public in advance. 

Q: How will this affect my city utility services? Will my water be shut off at any time?

            A: Your utility service will only be affected when switching over to the new infrastructure.  All new utility services will be performed in coordination with owners and residents to avoid service interruptions. Some of this work may need to take place after hours to accomplish.


Q: How will this affect parking downtown?

                A: City Staff has been working with the contractor in an effort to minimize the negative impacts that does occur during the construction project.  Progress comes with a price, and sometimes that price does cause some headaches.  However, we have a contract that limits the amount of parking spaces that will be obstructed during construction.  We structured this contact in this manner because we understand the importance of maintaining available parking.  Additionally, we will be working closely with the Historic River District, local business owners and community stakeholders to ensure that as construction moves forward we mitigate any unnecessary parking issues. 


Q: What is Phase II?

A: Once the water and sanitary sewer improvements are completed, the City will begin working on major roadway and pedestrian improvements.  Final plans for Phase II will go out to bid in April of 2021.