Road work ahead. (Photo by Cory Matteson)

A project that will lead to the repaving of portions of National Avenue and Battlefield Road will begin around 9 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. The project will require lane closures through the course of the repaving effort, which is expected to be completed in July, according to a City of Springfield news release. 

The closures will begin Sunday night when asphalt crews begin work in the northbound lanes of National Avenue near its intersection with Sunshine Street. The construction will take place during nighttime and morning hours from Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting, and drivers should expect one lane of traffic to be open each way during the project, according to the release. 

The process of paving the major throughway will begin with the resurfacing of side roads that intersect with National Avenue, followed by the resurfacing of the center turn lane, the outside driving lanes and finally the inside passing lanes. After the National Avenue project is completed, crews will begin work on Battlefield. 

“We expect this project will operate similarly to the resurfacing of Sunshine last fall,” project manager Angela Nelson said in the news release. “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.”

The effort is part of the city’s $2.9 million Major Roadway Resurfacing Project, which was approved by voters in 2019 and utilizes federal Surface Transportation Block Grant funds and the ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax.

City officials ask that drivers use caution while crews work on the major roadways.

Cory Matteson

Cory Matteson moved to Springfield in 2022 to join the team of Daily Citizen journalists and staff eager to launch a local news nonprofit. He returned to the Show-Me State nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to arriving in Springfield, he worked as a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star and Casper Star-Tribune. More by Cory Matteson