FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Construction of widening project continues to progress west
All lanes are now open on the newly widened portion of Republic Road just east of the Campbell Avenue intersection as construction of the Republic Road Widening Project continues to progress west.
The Republic Road Widening Phases 4 & 5 Project is the final and most complicated phase in the overall effort to widen Republic Road through Springfield. The project will expand the roadway to five lanes between the traffic signal at Chase through the Campbell Avenue intersection to Fairview Avenue. 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. Construction began in March and is expected to last through the end of winter.
Upon completion of the eastern portion of the project, crews are currently focused on the northwest quadrant of the intersection along Campbell. Contractor Capital Paving and Excavating will complete grading and construct concrete pavement, curb and gutter and sidewalk over the next month before carrying construction activity west on Republic Road to Fairview Avenue.
“We’re also working on signal upgrades at Campbell and Republic Road and are slowly shifting operations from old signal poles to the new,” explains Project Manager Nicholas Edelman. “We hope to have the signal fully operational by the first of the year.”
Throughout the project, various lane closures have been limited to overnight hours in an effort to minimize traffic impacts during the day. Traffic flow in all directions has been maintained throughout.
“We don’t expect traffic control needs to change, but with winter temperatures becoming a factor, there’s always a chance we may need to shift pavement work to daytime hours,” explains Edelman. “We are making every effort to minimize traffic impacts, but there may be some lane closure needs pop up.”
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.
For more information about the project, visit springfieldmo.gov/republicroad.
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