Primrose Street widening expected to begin in April


The Primrose Street Widening Project, the last phase in a series of improvement projects aimed at reducing traffic congestion through the busy southwest Springfield corridor, will begin this spring.

The project includes widening Primrose Street to five lanes between South Avenue and Kimbrough Avenue, adding bike lanes on both sides of the roadway, constructing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks and installing new traffic signals at Jefferson Avenue and Primrose Street. Also involved is the construction of new City Utilities gas and water facilities and the installation of a sewer main to provide service to Kickapoo High School’s athletic facilities.

The public can expect Primrose Street to be open to traffic during the day, but various nightly closures are anticipated. Closures of Jefferson Avenue and South Avenue, adjacent to Primrose Street, are also expected during a portion of the project.

The project is expected to be complete in late fall.

Utilities improvements involved in the project will be reimbursed by City Utilities, with sanitary sewer improvements being funded by Springfield Public Schools. The remaining costs for the project will be funded through the City’s voter-approved 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax. The contractor is Hartman & Company.

As construction begins, please use caution while traveling through the project area and expect possible delays.


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