Drivers in downtown Springfield will notice some changes to traffic patterns and parking in the area of St. Louis and Benton, and also Trafficway and Benton.
The changes are due to construction of a new apartment building at 505 East St. Louis. The project will begin construction on January 27 and could last up to two years.
According to the city of Springfield, the changes will be:
• Along St. Louis Street, directly south of the development site, parallel parking stalls on both sides of the roadway will be eliminated. Two-way driving lanes will be narrowed and shifted south. Sidewalks on the north side of the roadway will be closed and pedestrians directed to use sidewalks on the south side.
• Directly north of the development site, bike lanes along Trafficway Street will be closed and two-way traffic lanes narrowed and shifted north. Sidewalks on the south side of Trafficway will be closed and pedestrian traffic directed to use sidewalks on the north side of the roadway.
• The short stretch of Benton Avenue, located directly west of the project site between Trafficway Street and St. Louis Street, will be reduced to one-way, southbound traffic only. Sidewalks on both sides of the roadway will be closed and pedestrians advised to seek an alternate route. U.S. Bank will remain accessible from the north via Trafficway Street only.
• Three bus stops located along St. Louis and Trafficway will be relocated and bus routes will be rerouted for the duration of the project. Visit cutransit.net/alerts for updates on impacts to bus service.
Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution while in the area of construction but, if feasible, use alternate routes.