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Road Construction/Possible delays (click to read letter)

Dear Kickapoo parents:

We are looking forward to welcoming our 2,000 students back to Kickapoo High School Aug. 13. In preparation for the first day of school, we want to make you aware that road improvements currently in progress may require you to modify your typical route to Kickapoo.

The City of Springfield is widening Primrose Street to five lanes between South Avenue and Kimbrough Avenue, which will include the addition of bike lanes, sidewalks, storm sewer, curb and gutter, gas and water renewals, traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Primrose Street, and a sewer extension.

Once complete, this will improve traffic flow around our school. In the meantime, students, staff, parents and other visitors will need to adapt as road closures and other traffic modifications are required.

Please be aware of the following changes:

  1. Primrose will be reduced to two lanes of traffic and there will be no left turn lane for the duration of the project, which is estimated to be completed by the end of October. As a result, we suggest you avoid left turns from Primrose into the KHS campus.
  2. Walkers and bike riders should also be aware that there are currently no sidewalks on Primrose.
  3. In the next few days, Jefferson Avenue will be closed between Primrose and Birch Point for up to 30 days. You may still access Jefferson from Powell Street or Walnut Lawn.

To accommodate the anticipated traffic congestion, we encourage you to plan ahead, allow extra time and exercise caution and patience as you are traveling in these areas.

We appreciate your cooperation in adapting to this temporary situation so that we can ensure the safety of our students, staff and others who visit our school.


Dr. Bill Powers