Kansas freeway extension sparks excitement among Springfield business owners

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Business owners have high hopes for a new road in South Springfield.
Construction of the Kansas Extension was scheduled to begin today.

Drivers and traders have been waiting for this project to start since the 1980s.

Currently, it ends at Republic Road. It will head south a few miles into the county.

Greene County, the City of Springfield and the MoDOT are starting work that could attract new businesses to the area.

It’s been on the books for so long that companies have questioned whether they would ever see this happen.

“(I) probably still believe that way,” said Beth Perry of Beth’s Bake Shop and Tea Room. “(I) will believe it when I see it.”

But construction of the Kansas freeway extension is now official, according to Greene County. The project will push the road from its current end at Republic Road approximately three miles south toward the Greene-Christian County line.

“Any expansion is a good thing,” Perry said. “I think any traffic flow will help as the traffic is pretty heavy around Springfield.”

“We have a lot of our clientele who come from the Nixa and Republic area,” said Alicia Vandever of All Pet Supplies. “So absolutely. it would be another avenue for them to go to this side of town.

Businesses are eagerly awaiting what this means for them, their employees, and their customers – a faster way to and fro on the south side and an alternative to all the traffic on Campbell Avenue.

“I think a lot of people in this field are unfortunately used to it because we’ve been dealing with it for so many years,” said Vandever.

Preliminary work has started. Construction will accelerate quickly, which business owners are prepared to handle.

This is something that we have already dealt with during the enlargement of Republic Road here a few years ago, it is something that we have dealt with in the past and we will deal with it again and do our best ”, Vandever said.

“I’m pretty comfortable with that, so I’m just saying go with the flow,” Perry said.

It’s called an extension of the Kansas Freeway, but it won’t exactly be a freeway. At first, it will only be two ways. The other two routes would come later.

The first phase will be from Republic Road to Plainview Road and will be completed by November 1, 2023.

The second phase – from Plainview Road to Farm 190 Road – will be completed in the spring of 2025.

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