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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Battlefield and Fremont improvement project progresses with lane closures at Mall entrance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Expect various lane closures at the intersection of Fremont Avenue and the Battlefield Mall entrance Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17 as the Battlefield and Fremont Intersection and Roadway Improvement Project progresses.

Construction contractor Hartman and Company will begin pavement improvements of the Mall entrance intersection Tuesday, June 16 with the closure of the east bound entrance lanes of the intersection. During this time the existing westbound exit lanes will be coned to allow one lane of traffic in and one lane out. On Wednesday, June 17, this operation will flip to provide the closure of the west bound exit lanes, with the existing east bound lanes facilitating traffic access in and out of the Mall parking lot. 

Mall entrance intersection lanes will reopen Thursday with a temporary driving surface for approximately 1-2 weeks before new concrete can be installed.

Motorists are advised to slow and use caution when traveling through the work zone. 

About the Battlefield and Fremont Intersection and Roadway Improvement Project

Approved by voters in 2016, the project will involve the widening of Fremont Avenue to five lanes between Battlefield Road and Sunset Street. Improvements will also be made at the Battlefield Road and Fremont Avenue intersection, with traffic signal upgrades and additional turn lanes.Battlefield and Fremont Intersection and Roadway Improvement sketch

“The overall goal of the project is to increase capacity and improve traffic flow in one of our busiest retail areas,” explains Public Works project manager Jonathan Peitz. “Widening Fremont north of Battlefield and providing an additional northbound lane is expected to help reduce the bottlenecks along Battlefield.”

Pedestrian improvements will include new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks along the east side of Fremont Avenue and a multi-use path on the west side. City Utilities will install new steel streetlight poles on the east side of Fremont Avenue in conjunction with the roadway project.

City Utilities completed preliminary electrical work in 2019, replacing deteriorating wood transmission poles with new steel poles.

The estimated construction cost for this phase of the project is $3.1 million, funded through the City’s ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax. Completion of the project is anticipated in November. 

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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or kmilam@springfieldmo.gov


View a PDF of improvement project plans.
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