SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Work to resurface National Avenue in Springfield will begin around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

According to a press release, the resurfacing will begin on the northbound lanes near the intersection of National Ave. and Sunset Street. Crews will start by resurfacing side roads where they intersect with National Avenue. The work will continue to Kearney Street, with crews working mostly at night.

The work is being paid for by the sales tax voters approved in 2019. Below is a video of the stretch of National Avenue where the work will happen.

Once resurfacing on National is completed, crews will move on to Battlefield Road.

“We expect this project will operate similarly to the resurfacing of Sunshine last fall,” said 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.”

City traffic officials asked drivers to avoid the area if they can, but that’s not an option for everyone.

OzarksFirst talked to Alison Harper, who uses National Avenue every day to drive to work.

“I’m going to have to leave a bit earlier,” Harper said. “I come straight from Fair Grove, North National all the way.”

“Child care is on the way so I have to go that way,” she said. “There’s no other route for me to go. So that’s pretty much going to be a pain in my way all day.”

Harper said, however, that she’s looking forward to the smoother ride once the work is done.

“Change is good, especially when they’re doing something like that. It’s not to hinder us or anything. It’s to make the city better.”

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.

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 the fall of 2021.