September 10, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

National at Grand to Fully Re-open Friday

City of Springfield Public Works crews will work through the night tonight to complete lane markings needed to fully re-open the intersection of National Avenue and Grand Street in time for Missouri State University’s home football opener Saturday.

Public Works pavement marking crews will start laying out the pavement markings after rush hour this evening to get ready for the application of the pavement markings sometime after midnight. The markings will provide guidance for traffic moving through the intersection including new left- and right-turn lanes. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area in deference to crews who will be working adjacent to traffic during hours of darkness.

The process is expected to be completed by 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in time for heavier traffic flows on Friday and for those planning to attend the home opener football game between Missouri State and Tennessee-Martin, which begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at Plaster Field.

The improvements at the intersection include new dual left-turn lanes from eastbound Grand to northbound on National and from northbound National to westbound on Grand. Separate right-turn lanes have been added on southbound National to westbound Grand and westbound Grand to northbound National. The right-turn lane for eastbound Grand to southbound National has also been improved.

The project also includes a new traffic signal system and islands for pedestrian accessibility and safety. The traffic signal will be turned on all-red flashing operation at 11 p.m. today, but will return to normal operation at 6 a.m. Friday. The intersection will run on a fixed-timed basis for a few days until the video detectors can be calibrated. Upon completion of the intersection, the signal will run in full operation for 24 hours each day.

The project has experienced delays because of weather and other circumstances. After tonight’s work is completed, the contractor will have short sections of median islands to install, shoulder work and clean-up remaining to complete the project. The remaining work should not require any further major closures. It may require some temporary lane closures.

The $1.16 million project is funded by the quarter-cent sales tax for capital improvements. Hartman & Co. is the general contractor for the project.

For more information, contact: Traffic Engineer Earl Newman, 864-1980.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov