CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Traffic pattern changes coming to West Commercial Street Sept. 21
Lebanon residents traveling on West Commercial Street can expect to see traffic flow changes beginning Monday.
The Lebanon Street Department will be installing stop signs on West Commercial Street at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Springfield Road. The new stop signs will be an adjustment for motorists as traffic currently does not stop at the intersection. Officials hope to give motorist the opportunity to adjust to stopping on Commercial Street before the opening of the Springfield Road/Van Buren Street connector tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28.
Connecting Springfield Road and Van Buren Street is a result of a customer satisfaction survey conducted in 2018. In the survey, residents indicated that traffic flow along Jefferson was one of the primary areas needing improvement.
“Providing an alternative route for Lebanon’s residents to travel from north and south should ease traffic congestion on Jefferson Avenue,” said Mayor Jared Carr.
The Springfield Road/Van Buren Street Connector Project is just one of the ways council, in conjunction with Public Works officials, has worked to alleviate traffic on Jefferson Avenue.
In 2019, council approved a traffic study which resulted in the Missouri Department of Transportation synchronizing traffic signals along the route. Additionally, four-way stops at Jackson and Fourth streets, and Madison and Fourth streets were removed to improve traffic flow on Fourth Street and indirectly improve traffic flow in other areas of the city.
The connector project, budgeted at $175,000, comes on the heels of a follow-up Citizen Satisfaction Survey that is currently underway. Officials plan to use the survey results to craft future policy goals for moving Lebanon forward.
“We are looking forward to more progress in the future,” Carr added. “Thank you to our street department for their commitment to this community on thinking outside the box to build this route.”
Officials expect to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project in coming days.