Work is now underway on a road improvement project along Zion Road between Vantage Drive and Crossover Road.
Crews with Ozarks Electric Cooperative have begun relocating overhead electrical lines to vacate the city’s right-of-way, which is needed for the project. Relocation work will take place on weekdays, and is expected to last about six weeks unless inclement weather causes delays.
Motorists are asked to drive with caution through the work area, and to consider taking an alternate route, especially during peak traffic times. Lane closures are not anticipated, but drivers should watch for work vehicles parked in right-of-way areas on Zion between Vantage and Crossover.
The project is part of the 2019 transportation bond program, and is designed to create an improved east-west connection between Crossover Road and College Avenue. It includes widening the road to make room for a center turn lane, a six-foot sidewalk and a 10-foot bike trail. Also, a mini roundabout is proposed at the intersection of Zion and Old Missouri Road.
Crews began trimming or removing some existing trees last week in preparation for the electrical line relocation. About 180 new street trees are set to be planted along both sides of Zion between Vantage and Crossover, according to city staff. Those trees will be planted near the end of the project.