For Immediate Release
Holiday Traffic Information
During the 2009 holiday shopping season, staff at the Transportation Management Center from both the City of Springfield and the Missouri Department of Transportation will use traffic-management strategies to help accommodate the traditionally higher traffic flow.
- Interchange/Roadway Improvements - Motorists should be aware of several construction projects around Springfield during the holiday shopping season. The U.S. 60-65 Interchange project is well underway and motorists are requested to exercise caution while traffic is maintained through the construction area. The National Avenue and James River Freeway Interchange reconstruction project began in October with lane restrictions at times on National Avenue. Traffic will be maintained at all times while the new underpass is constructed for Cox South Hospital and the National Avenue bridge is widened to accommodate six through traffic lanes. The widening of U.S. 65 to six lanes also has recently begun between U.S. 60 and Battlefield Road, which will also have lane restrictions at times during working hours.
Earlier in the year, MoDOT District 8 office fully opened the interchange project at Glenstone Avenue and U.S. 60 as well as Republic Road from Charleston to Glenstone avenues. This project already has helped reduce motorists’ delay and will prove to be very beneficial in handling high traffic volumes this shopping season.
- Seasonal Traffic Signal Timing Plans – Special seasonal timing plans will begin Nov. 27, the Friday after Thanksgiving. These traffic signal timing plans are designed to provide greater capacity in and around major retail shopping corridors and the Center City area to help accommodate higher holiday traffic volumes. Additionally, signals around major shopping centers will begin running special signal plans earlier and later as needed to cover extended shopping hours.
- On-Street Camera Monitoring – Using on-street cameras placed near shopping centers and major intersections, operators at the TMC will monitor traffic flows for congestion and vehicular incidents. Operators will work the day after Thanksgiving and other extended hours as necessary to monitor traffic flow, respond to observed problems, and provide updated traveler information. (These are not the cameras used for photo red-light enforcement.)
Sources for traffic information are as follows:
OzarksTraffic.info Web Page – The camera images are available on the Internet at www.ozarkstraffic.info. The Web page allows users to view more than 100 images from 33 roadside traffic cameras throughout Springfield. The Web page also contains up-to-date information on current incidents, such as crashes and stalled vehicles that affect traffic flow in Springfield and Greene County. Motorists are encouraged to visit the site to check traffic conditions before beginning their travel in the area.
Live Traffic Video on CityView – CityView, the City’s government access channel, will offer extended live video feeds from the traffic-monitoring cameras throughout the holiday season. Normal viewing times are 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Extended viewing will be available:
- Friday, Nov. 27: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
- Saturdays from Nov. 28 – Dec. 19: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
- Sundays from Nov. 29 – Dec. 20: 1 to 4 p.m.; and
- Thursday, Dec. 24: 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional times may be scheduled as traffic or weather conditions warrant.
CityView is available to Springfield Mediacom subscribers on digital cable channels 80 or 15.1. CityView also is available via videostreaming to all viewers on the City Web site at www.springfieldmo.gov/cityview.
Travel During Inclement Winter Weather – TMC staff will work extended hours, as necessary, during periods of inclement weather to monitor traffic conditions and provide updated traveler information. When travel is necessary under such conditions, motorists should use extra caution by reducing speeds and increasing following distances. Extended viewing of live video feeds on CityView will be made available to show road conditions during these times. In the event of traffic tie-ups, the TMC will post alerts on www.ozarkstraffic.info to aid media in releasing traffic information to motorists to help them avoid major congestion.
An active LED warning message sign, displaying the message “Red Signal Ahead”, alerts eastbound motorists approaching Lone Pine Avenue on Battlefield Road that they will need to stop for a red signal. Using this advanced warning at times when the roadway has snow or ice conditions will help motorists know when to exercise special care on the steep downhill slope as they approach the traffic signal at Lone Pine.
Similarly, “Ice on Bridge” signs are activated when needed on the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge on Benton Avenue and the Grant Avenue Bridge in the downtown area.
Shopping Traffic Tips
Extended Shopping Hours – Shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of extended shopping hours offered by many businesses to help reduce the peak traffic loads that are expected on the day after Thanksgiving and on weekends through the first week in January. Past experience indicates that the peak traffic on the Friday after Thanksgiving and weekend days occurs between noon and 2 p.m.
Other suggestions include:
- Before leaving your home, tune into local traffic reports on TV, then tune into the radio for additional traffic reports while you travel.
- Pre-plan your shopping route to help reduce the need to double back on the same roadway and pre-select lanes of travel for turns to better access to each business.
- Do not follow other motorists too closely.
- Be patient and courteous to other motorists.
- Plan trips to better utilize less congested roadways.
- Consider walking, carpooling, or taking the bus.
- If traffic does back up, do not block intersections.
For more information, contact: Jason Haynes, City of Springfield, 837-5799; or Adam Humphrey, MoDOT, 837-5787.