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This rendering shows how a new gateway entry feature may appear at the intersection of Fourth and Buchanan streets. The feature is among several enhancements that are part of the planned Fourth Street Improvement Project.

This rendering shows how a new gateway entry feature may appear at the intersection of Fourth and Buchanan streets. The feature is among several enhancements that are part of the planned Fourth Street Improvement Project.

May 29, 2014

Maryville to begin work on Fourth Street Improvement Project

The Maryville City Council on Wednesday, May 28, unanimously approved bids to begin construction on Phase I of the Fourth Street Improvement Project, Phase I, which is designed to functionally and aesthetically improve the Fourth Street corridor connecting downtown Maryville and the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.  

The project is made possible through funding partnerships with Northwest, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Economic Development and Capital Improvement Sales Tax Funds.

The construction contract was awarded to Orr Wyatt Streetscapes for its bid of about $2.2 million. A preconstruction meeting will be scheduled for June with substantial completion planned in November.

The project will include a Northwest-branded gateway entry feature at the intersection of Fourth and Buchanan streets, branded medallions on new decorative light poles and Bearcat paw print pavement markings.

Other enhancements will include the construction of a 10-foot wide bicycle-pedestrian trail along the north side of Fourth Street from downtown to the Northwest campus, a modification of the intersection at Dunn, waterline replacement from Buchannan to west of Walnut, ADA compliant crosswalks and curb ramps, new driveway approaches, storm sewer work, and 2-inch asphalt mill and overlay from Main to Dunn.

The project also will include landscape improvements such as street trees, decorative light poles and brick pillars to match the downtown landscape, benches, trash receptacles and public art pedestals.

The Fourth Street Improvement Project is listed in the Maryville Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Strategic Plan as a critical project for the community. According to the plans, improvements to the corridor are crucial for the safety of pedestrians, recruitment and retention of students, economic vitality of downtown and overall quality of life.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468