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Public Feedback Wanted on Campbell, Plainview Intersection Improvement Plan

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A meeting to discuss improvements to the Campbell and Plainview intersection in south Springfield is being held today. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details on what these improvements will mean for area residents and businesses.

Planned improvements would rebuild the intersection entirely and upgrade traffic signals. The biggest proposed change would shift the outer roads on the corners of the Campbell, Plainview intersection, from the front of the businesses there, to the back. The plan would also widen Campbell. Kirk Juranas is the Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Springfield.

“With this we will also extend the six lanes that was started to the north on Campbell and then take that third lane in each direction through the intersection.”

Juranas says the changes will improve safety at the intersection.

“Many times when the person’s trying to make the turn from Campbell [onto Plainview], they’re in conflict with the turn from the outer road and we’ve had a large number of accidents. By moving those access points from the outer road further away from the intersection, we believe we can reduce conflicts and accidents quite a bit.”

The City is working with Greene County, the Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, and property owners who would be affected by the proposed improvements.

The improvements would be done in phases, starting in 2013 and continuing through 2015. Juranas says construction would include lane drops, but would only cause minimal traffic disruption, and most of the work would be completed in off peak hours.

A meeting is being held today (10/30) to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed intersection improvements. Juranas, as well as representatives from MoDOT and Greene County are available at the meeting to answer questions. The meeting is being held at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield from 4 until 6.  

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.