For Immediate Release
Caution Advised Around Major Road Projects
As students return to schools and universities in Springfield this week, drivers and pedestrians are advised to use caution around major road projects currently underway. In some cases it may be best to avoid these intersections entirely if at all possible until major work is completed.
The projects include:
Grand Street and National Avenue
A contractor for the City is continuing to work on the intersection of Grand Street and National Avenue, with normal traffic flow expected to resume there by mid-September. This project has been set back from its original completion date by factors that include major weather delays.
The contractor, Hartman & Co., is currently in the process of pouring concrete for new lanes as part of this intersection improvement project. Following that, the new lanes must be paved and striped.
Furthermore beginning at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, left turns onto National Avenue will not be allowed for eastbound or westbound traffic on Grand. Traffic in both directions will be shifted to the south-side lanes so that construction work can begin on lanes on the north side of the street. This work is expected to last about a week, weather permitting.
Motorists are strongly advised to avoid the intersection of Grand and National if at all possible until normal traffic flow resumes in mid-September. After that, detail work that will not largely affect traffic flow will continue until mid-October. Pedestrians should also avoid the intersection and use the tunnel beneath Grand and the crosswalk further north on National.
The improvements at the intersection will include new dual left-turn lanes from eastbound Grand to northbound National and from northbound National to westbound Grand. Right-turn lanes will be added on southbound National to westbound Grand and westbound Grand to northbound National. The right-turn lane also will be improved for eastbound Grand to southbound National.
The project also includes a new traffic signal system for pedestrian safety and access. The $1.16 million project is funded by the quarter-cent sales tax for capital improvements.
Kimbrough Avenue, from Grand to Trafficway
Resurfacing and restriping of traffic lanes is complete on Kimbrough Avenue, from Sunshine Street to Trafficway. Stop bars and crosswalks will be striped on Tuesday, Aug. 26. All traffic flow should be running normally at this time.
Resurfacing on Campbell Avenue, Market Avenue, Olive Street and McDaniel Street
Campbell Avenue is being milled and resurfaced from Grand north to Mount Vernon Street. Milling began on this section of Campbell Monday morning. The contractor, Journagan Construction, will then resurface the street. Northbound Campbell Avenue has been reduced to one lane south of Grand in order to merge traffic before it reaches the reduced lanes north of Grand.
Following that, that contractor will pave sections of Olive Street, from Campbell to Market; and Market Avenue, from College to McDaniel. This is paving work only and will not require milling. Finally, a two-block section of McDaniel Street, from South to Campbell, will be milled and resurfaced. All of this milling and paving work, except for the final two blocks of McDaniel, is expected to be complete by the end of this week.
Jefferson Avenue and Olive Street
City Utilities is in the process of disinfection and testing the newly replaced water main beneath Jefferson Avenue at the intersection of Olive and St. Louis streets. The intersection at St. Louis Street is now open for traffic crossing Jefferson, as well as traffic turning south onto Jefferson. This also has allowed two-way traffic to resume on Park Central East.
Park Central Square
Pavement in the northwest quadrant of the Square has been poured and is now curing. Curing should be finished by Thursday, Aug. 27. After curing is complete, traffic around the Square will be fully re-opened. Park Central West will remain closed, as the contractor has already begun the process of milling and repaving that section of street. This work is expected to be complete by the end of next week, Sept. 4. Some clean up and detail work will remain, and the expected completion date for all roadwork around Park Central Square remains Sept. 15. All sidewalks remain open throughout the process.
For more information, contact: Mike Brothers, Public Information, 864-1119.