Drivers say getting through road construction in north Springfield is a challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Traffic continues to move at a snail's pace in north Springfield.

Missouri Department of Transportation is overhauling the road near the intersection of Glenstone and Kearney.

Nearly 16,000 cars drive through the area every day. The road, made of concrete, has been there since the 1950's. At nearly 70 years old, it's time to replace it.

MoDOT coordinated this project with the businesses in the area. However, some drivers say they had no idea this was happening.

"There wasn't much notice about it. Then all of the sudden coming home from work one night it was just boom," says Darin Scherbaum.

He drives through the area every day. He says he didn't know about the construction plans.

"Take this lane and hurry up and get over. Make sure you get in line before you get cut off. Keep an eye on the car in front of you and hope you don't get rear ended," he explains.

"This is a heavily traveled road and to have it rebuilt is something that has to be done," says John Sanders, Transportation Project Manager for MoDOT.

He says the road has been here since about when Springfield was first developed.

"It's old. It's deteriorating. It's getting a lot of potholes out there so it is time to get it replaced before it gets worse," he says.

That means weeks of construction. Crews will continue to close down sections of Glenstone Avenue. Bit by bit they will rip up the old road and lay down new pavement that's supposed to last at least another 50 years.

We asked Scherbaum, "Do you pack a lot of patience when you drive?"

"You've got to. You've got to and I mean, hope there's good music on the radio and listen to the tunes," he says.

He has this advice for drivers that have to travel through this area.

"Definitely pay attention. Accidents happen within seconds. By the time you look away it's done. You've got to be on the ball all the time," he says.

Now that the knows the project will last several weeks, Scherbaum says he will make other plans to deal with the construction and traffic.

"Being new to the area I'm going to have to look for some different routes and hope I can find something to sneak around this," he says.

This is just the first of four areas to have the concrete replaced along Glenstone Avenue.

This part of the project is expected to be finished by the 4th of July

The entire makeover should be wrapped up by September.