November 05, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Fremont Resurfacing Nearing Completion

Resurfacing work on Fremont Avenue from Battlefield Road to Independence Street is wrapping up over the next few days. The work is being finished as MoDOT prepares to reduce nearby National Avenue at James River Freeway to from four lanes to two lanes this evening as part of its conversion into a diverging diamond interchange.

Drivers who normally use National Avenue to cross James River Freeway have been urged to use alternate routes such as Fremont during the diverging diamond project. Drivers can expect some delays on Fremont south of Battlefield on Friday, Nov. 6, and early on Saturday, Nov. 7.

As of Thursday afternoon, milling work on this section of Fremont is now complete. The contractor, Journagan Construction, is scheduled to resurface the roadway after rush hour traffic subsides Thursday evening, and will be working throughout the night to minimize the traffic impact.

The City’s Traffic Engineering Department is then scheduled replace pavement markings beginning at 5:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6. Work will be limited to the center turn lane to minimize traffic disruptions. Traffic Engineering will begin final pavement markings at 5 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, to be completed that day.

MoDOT District 8 has indicated lane closures on National Avenue will begin this evening, Thursday, Nov. 5, with the planned closures fully in place by Friday morning. The lane closures are necessary as part of the diverging diamond interchange project. The contractor on that project, Emery Sapp & Sons, is ahead of schedule, while the Fremont project is in its final stages after historic levels of rainfall in October put the project behind schedule.

For more information, contact: Jonathan Gano, (417) 864-1961.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

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