FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Motorists can expect delays overnight due to intersection work
The City is set to begin the final phase of Republic Road Widening beginning March 13 providing traffic capacity and safety improvements along one of the busiest retail corridors in Springfield. The project is designed to improve traffic flow between Campbell Avenue, Republic Road and James River Freeway.
The Republic Road Widening Phases 4 & 5 will expand the roadway to five lanes between the traffic signal at Chase (Fairview Avenue) and the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Republic Road. Improvements will include Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk upgrades, bike lanes and traffic signal upgrades. Construction will also extend north on Campbell to improve stormwater and utility infrastructure.
Various lane closures will be limited to overnight hours in an effort to minimize traffic impacts during the day. At least one lane of traffic flow in all directions is expected to be maintained at all times. Motorists are advised to expect delays and use caution at all times.
"We hope to keep traffic flowing normally throughout the day,” explains Public Works Project Manager Andy Haase. “We may have an occasional short-term lane closure, but any closures lasting more than a few hours we plan to conduct at night so we can keep traffic moving.”
In Spring of 2022, Springfield Public Works and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) teamed up to collectively bid the Republic Road improvement project alongside interchange improvements to Campbell Avenue and James River Freeway. Contractor Capital Paving and Construction was awarded the projects and is completing construction on MoDOT and the City’s projects concurrently. Coordination between the projects will help reduce traffic impacts, increase safety for motorists during construction and help reduce overall costs.
Approved by voters in the 2016 cycle of the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax, the Republic Road Widening Phases 4 & 5 projects is funded through the 1/8-cent Sales Tax, Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds, as well as a cost share with MoDOT. Construction is estimated to cost $5.4 million.
The project is anticipated for completion in December of 2023.
For more information, visit the project webpage at springfieldmo.gov/republicroad.
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