August 15, 2008
For Immediate Release
Campbell Avenue Fully Re-opened
Campbell Avenue has fully re-opened in downtown Springfield as of today. The road was closed in April to make way for a variety of improvements and for construction of the College Station theater project, which is set to open later this fall.
The closure allowed City Utilities crews to replace a sanitary sewer line 12 feet below the street surface, as well as several other utility lines. The street was also closed so masonry work could be completed on the east side of the College Station complex, which will house a 14-screen movie theater run by Hollywood Theaters, and retail space.
A traffic calming measure has also been added on this section of Campbell. A “horizontal shift,” or slight bend in the road, between Olive and College streets will help slow speeds on the one-way street and make it more pedestrian-friendly.
The intersections at McDaniel and Olive streets are currently operating on a temporary three-way basis until new signal lights can be installed. Two lights at the Olive intersection will be replaced, while an entirely new signal will be installed at the Campbell and McDaniel intersection. Striping and the installation of new street and pedestrian lights are expected to be completed soon. These will not cause further closures.
The project saw some delays because of unusually rainy weather during the spring and early summer, and because of unexpected conditions underground once the work began, including abandoned utility lines that had to be removed before work could begin on new lines.
For more information, contact: Martin Gugel, Public Works Engineering, (417) 864-1020.