Construction on the final phase of roadway widening along Republic Road has progressed this summer as crews plan to tackle improvements on and west of Campbell Avenue beginning in September.
The project involves the widening of Republic Road from three lanes to five lanes between Fairview Avenue and the traffic signal at Chase, including sidewalk and Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, stormwater improvements and the addition of bike lanes. At the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Republic Road, traffic signals will be upgraded and additional turn lanes will be added. Signal upgrades will also be completed at Republic Road and the driveway at Chase. Construction will extend north on Campbell Avenue, including updates to stormwater and utility infrastructure. The project is designed to provide better integration between Campbell Avenue, Republic Road and James River Freeway.
Construction efforts over the summer have yielded the completion of a majority of Republic Road improvements located east of Campbell. City contractor Capital Paving has completed utility work, stormwater installations, curb and gutter, sidewalk installation and concrete paving on this segment of the project as well as the installation of an upgraded traffic signal at the Chase entrance.
The public will begin seeing more construction activity on Campbell Avenue in September and October with stormwater infrastructure, curb and gutter, sidewalk and paving operations all anticipated for installation during that timeframe.
Utility relocations have begun along Republic Road west of Campbell, but stormwater work and other roadway construction will not ramp up on that portion of the project until crews have completed most of the work on Campbell Avenue.
“So far the contractor has kept traffic impacts to a minimum and traffic flow has been maintained in all directions,” explains Project Manager Nicholas Edelman. “We still expect to keep lane closures limited to overnight hours so we can keep this busy area moving during the day.”
The Republic Road Widening project is anticipated for completion in December. The $5.4 million project is funded through the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax, Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds and is also a cost-share with the Missouri Department of Transportation.