October 02, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Stormwater Improvements Begin at Kansas and Sunset

A stormwater improvement project at Kansas Expressway and Sunset Street will begin Oct. 5 and include periods of lane restrictions that may cause traffic congestion. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes when possible during the construction period.

The project involves replacing the current box culvert with a larger, five-cell culvert that will have much better flood flow capacity for nearby South Creek and will greatly reduce flooding on that area of Kansas Expressway as well in adjacent neighborhoods east of the culvert.

The contractor, Hartman & Co., will begin removing medians during evening hours starting Oct. 5. Starting the following week, Oct. 12, Kansas Expressway will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Sunset Street will be closed to cross traffic at Kansas Expressway and also for left turns onto Kansas. During most of the construction period, motorists will be able to turn right from Sunset onto Kansas.

Both Kansas and Sunset are expected to fully re-open within 40 days – by Nov. 21.

The $722,447 stormwater improvement project is being funded by $310,540 in Hazard Mitigation Grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with the remaining matching funds from the voter-approved Level Property Tax stormwater funds.

For more information, contact: Errin Kemper, 864-1876, or ekemper@springfieldmo.gov

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

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