Jeremy Lewis of Lamke Trenching and Excavating places construction barrels along the north side of East Springfield Road Thursday morning in preparation for the major road improvement project to begin.

The reconstruction project will overhaul Springfield Road on both sides of Highway 30.

The east part of the road, which is being completed first in an effort to minimize traffic problems when the school year begins next month, is scheduled to be resurfaced from Main Street to Highway 30 while the sidewalks on both sides will be upgraded and new water and relined sewer lines installed.

From the city limits to Highway 30 on the west side, a heavier resurfacing will take place and a new sidewalk will be put in on one side with new water and relined sewer lines running the entire length.

Officials are hopeful the work will be done by Thanksgiving.