For Immediate Release
Kimbrough at McDaniel to Remain Closed Until March 24
Kimbrough Avenue will continue to be closed at McDaniel Street in downtown Springfield to complete repair work resulting from the water line break and roadway collapse that occurred in mid-January.
AT&T will need to keep the intersection closed to traffic until March 24, 2009, to reconstruct a large underground utility vault that must be in place to facilitate permanent repairs to the telephone cables running under the intersection. The repair work is being coordinated with Public Works Street Maintenance and Traffic Signal Crews to complete all repairs and re-open the intersection on the target date.
Access to businesses located on each side of the intersection will be maintained throughout the closure, as well as pedestrian and bicycle access.
Through-traffic motorists on northbound Kimbrough will be detoured east on Walnut Street, north on John Q. Hammons Parkway to St. Louis Street, then west on St. Louis Street to Kimbrough. Southbound motorists will be detoured west on St. Louis to Jefferson Avenue, then south on Jefferson to Walnut, then east on Walnut back to Kimbrough.
The road was closed on Jan. 13 with the discovery of a large hole in the street and re-opened to traffic on Jan. 14, following a temporary repair to the underground water line and the road surface. After it was discovered that telephone cables and ducts were damaged in conjunction with the incident, the intersection was closed again on January 23 to allow AT&T crews to work in the intersection to evaluate the damage and determine how to fully restore the integrity of their facilities. AT&T crews have been working continuously, nights and weekends, to expedite the repairs, however it has been determined that the work will require more time to complete than was originally estimated.
For more information, contact: Earl Newman, Traffic Engineer, 864-1980; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1009.