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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
As part of the City’s Major Roadway Resurfacing Project, significant portions of National Avenue and Battlefield Road will be repaved beginning around 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, weather permitting.
Contractor Blevins Asphalt plans to begin work in the northbound lanes near the intersection of National Avenue and Sunset Street. Crews will start by resurfacing side roads where they intersect with National Avenue. They will then proceed to resurfacing the center turn-lane first, followed by outside driving lanes, then the inside passing lanes. Once resurfacing on National Avenue is complete, the contractor will move on to Battlefield Road and proceed in a similar pattern.
“We expect this project will operate similarly to the resurfacing of Sunshine last fall,” explains project manager Angela Nelson. “This is a mobile operation that moves along relatively quickly as long as weather and other factors allow. We expect both roadways to be complete in July.”
Daily work is expected to begin during nighttime hours and extend into the morning, generally operating Sunday through Thursday. Motorists can expect at least one lane in each direction to be open at all times, but traffic delays along these routes should be expected. Please obey all posted signage and use caution while traveling through the work zone.
Approved by voters in 2019, the Major Roadway Resurfacing Project includes the repaving of National Avenue (between Kearney and Sunset streets) and Battlefield Road (between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone Avenue). The project also includes the resurfacing of Sunshine Street between Glenstone Avenue and Kansas Expressway, completed in fall of 2021.
The project is funded through federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds and the ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax. The total cost of the Major Roadway Resurfacing project is $2.9 million.
Manhole replacement work preceding resurfacing
Working ahead of the resurfacing contractor, City sewer maintenance crews are replacing and repairing sanitary sewer manhole covers along National Avenue. Work is expected to last approximately two days at each manhole location (weather depending). Traffic will generally be reduced to a single lane with potential closures to turn lanes and access points at intersections. The public will be notified of specific impacts at locations as crews progress and details become available.
Manhole work is also planned along Battlefield Road following the completion of replacements on National. Please use caution when traveling through the work zones and follow all posted signage and potential detours.
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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at [email protected] or 573-819-3713.