SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Motorists in downtown Springfield should expect road closures and traffic delays starting the morning of Thursday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 11 in downtown Springfield due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.
Below is a comprehensive list of the closures. Barricades will be in place at several downtown intersections by Thursday.
3-4 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9
The tuning fork locations along Jefferson Avenue between McDaniel Street and Olive Street will close early Thursday morning. SPD will begin identifying illegally parked vehicles for tow by 5 a.m.
2 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10
Park Central Square
Jefferson Avenue and Phelps Street
St. Louis Street from the Springfield Convention & Visitors Center to Jefferson Avenue
Kimbrough Avenue from Trafficway to McDaniel Street
9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10
St. Louis Street and Jefferson Avenue
Jefferson Avenue and Olive Street
St. Louis Street and Benton Avenue (including the Discovery Center exits)
St. Louis Street and Kimbrough Avenue (westbound traffic on Kimbrough at Sherwin-Williams)
1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
St. Louis Street and Kimbrough Avenue (eastbound and westbound)
St. Louis Street and AT&T driveway
Park Central West and Patton Avenue
Boonville Avenue and Park Central North/Olive
South Avenue and Park Central South/McDaniel
Park Central East and Robberson Avenue
The Springfield Police Department will provide traffic direction and control for the staging of Friday’s Birthplace of Route 66 Parade route starting at 3 p.m. The below locations will reopen after the conclusion of the parade at 7 p.m.
3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
Kansas Expressway and Olive Avenue
College Street and Nettleton Avenue
College Street and Fort Avenue (north side)
College Street and New Avenue (south side)
College Street and Broadway Avenue
College Street and 9th Avenue (south side)
College Street and Missouri Avenue (south side)
College Street and 8th Avenue
College Street and Douglas Avenue (south side)
Officers will then provide traffic direction and control along the route of the parade for the duration of the event. Public Works staff and volunteers will assist the SPD with traffic control by manning and/or monitoring the barricades.
The parade will travel east on College to Park Central Square at which point the two rows of cars will split and “zipper” around the square and re-join into two rows at Park Central East. The route will continue along Park Central East onto St. Louis Street, past Kimbrough and the grandstand to National Avenue. The parade will terminate at National and St. Louis, with participants being directed in columns of two into the open southbound lanes onto National Avenue.
5:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
Kansas Expressway and College Street
Grant Avenue and College Street
Hayden Avenue and College Street
Main Avenue and College Street
Market Avenue and College Street
Campbell Avenue and McDaniel Street
College Street and Campbell Avenue/Park Central West
St. Louis Street and Hampton Avenue
St. Louis Street and Florence Avenue
6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
Grant Avenue and McDaniel Street
Grant Avenue and Walnut Street
Grant Avenue and Tampa Street
Kimbrough Avenue and Trafficway
Kimbrough Avenue and McDaniel Street
Kimbrough Avenue and Walnut Street
St. Louis Street and JQH Parkway
St. Louis Street and McCallister
Holiday Inn Express driveway and St. Louis Street
Walgreens driveway and St. Louis Street
Steak n Shake driveway and St. Louis Street
St. Louis Street and National
Trafficway and National Avenue.