Springfield, Mo. Republic Road is a quite a mess right now. But, the reconstruction project currently underway is set to make driving much easier, overall, when it wraps up.
For the duration of the multi-million dollar reconstruction project, several segments of the street are closed for hours of the day. On the segments still open, vehicles have to wait for their turns in between the passing of all kinds of heavy equipment.
"It has been a little bit of a nuisance for the staff and us to find their way in but it will be good in the long run," said Scott Bottorf, Owner of Sapphire Mills Embroidery, located just off Republic Road near Highway FF.
The Greene County Highway Department says the corridor's two lanes are being widened to five lanes between (just east of) Highway FF and Golden Avenue. Until the middle of October, you can expect Republic to be shut down in spots; side streets will also be closed off. The entire project is set to be done later this fall.
"Once you know your way around its not really not that big a deal. It is more of the dirt and everything, but that is part of it," Bottorf said. "I can put up with a couple of months of that to improve traffic flow over here."
The Greene County Highway Department lists the details of the closures on its website, explaining, "There will be a temporary closure from Sept. 5, 2017, to October 14, 2017. Farm Road 170 (Republic Road) will be closed from Farm Road 125 to El Salvador. This closure will be for 40 days. This project began on January 3, 2017, and will widen Republic Road from Golden to Highway FF along with drainage improvements and a lot of utility relocations. Please be advised that all side streets in the vicinity of Republic Road between Golden Avenue and Hwy FF will be intermittently closed at their intersection of Republic Road throughout the remainder of the project. These closures will be happening at all hours and will vary in length of time for closure. Please be prepared to use an adjacent street or find an alternate route."