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More Closures Tonight on Campbell Avenue in South Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Campbell Ave. lane closures are planned again Thursday, Sept. 5 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The same goes for Monday night into Tuesday morning.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Traffic has been backed up on South Campbell Ave. between Weaver and Plainview Roads this week, and more construction is on the way.

Springfield Public Works says Campbell Ave. lane closures are planned again Thursday, Sept. 5 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The same goes for Monday night into Tuesday morning. One lane of traffic is expected to be open in both directions.

Maintenance crews ran into some difficulties working on a sewer line casing and were unable to open the southbound lanes before rush hour Wednesday.

"Nobody likes traffic," says driver Brittany Thomas. "It's annoying."

She has a point. That's exactly why the City of Springfield, MoDOT, and Greene County have been working on phase one of a project to rebuild the intersection of Campbell and Plainview -- to help congestion and reduce the number of accidents.

"But with that there's various infrastructure and utilities that need to be moved," says Kirk Juranas, Assistant Director of Springfield Public Works.

Crews are putting in a sewer casing to supply sewer to the east side of Campbell.

"We had drilled the area to check it to see when we made the crossing if we could anticipate rock," says Juranas. "We actually didn't hit anything, but when you drill a hole, you have to hit right where the rock's at."

Wednesday morning, the crew tried putting in a sewer casing for the southbound lanes and ran into rock in about five locations. They weren't able to reopen at 6 a.m. as anticipated. Instead, lanes reopened at 11. Thursday morning, however, construction wrapped up by 6 a.m.

"Kind of like remodeling a house," says Juranas. "When you open it up and you see the inside, you don't know what you're going to find."

This sewer casing is just phase one of a $5 million project. The city is planning to relocate the outer roads to the back of the property to get more space.

Both northbound and southbound lanes will eventually have three lanes.
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