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MoDOT News Release 

Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

March 17, 2017 08:09 AM
Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project in Springfield
Update for Week of March 20, 2017
  • Traffic backups continue to be an issue for eastbound Chestnut Expressway during afternoon rush hours
  • Drivers are urged to use an alternate route or use both eastbound lanes and take turns merging when entering work zone near Belcrest Avenue 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Building bridge footings and columns on both sides of the railroad tracks
  • Building retaining walls along Chestnut Expressway on either side of the railroad tracks
  • Applying grass seed and mulch to areas along McDaniel Street south of Chestnut Expressway 

Traffic Impacts:  

    • Congestion occurring eastbound on Chestnut Expressway west of Belcrest Avenue at heavy traffic volume times. Drivers urged to use both eastbound lanes and take turns merging into one lane as they enter work zone.
    • Chestnut Expressway traffic shifted to north of existing roadway
    • Two westbound lanes open
    • One eastbound lane open
    • Left-turns restricted at Belcrest Avenue/Chestnut Expressway intersection. Drivers urged to obey restricted left turns.
    • Drivers urged to find alternate routes including Kearney Street and Sunshine Street to reach downtown areas of Springfield
  • Camera view of project 

(Weather or construction delays could alter the work schedule.) 

Project Summary:

  • Build a bridge on Chestnut Expressway over the railroad tracks west of Route 65
  • Build new roads on either side of Chestnut Expressway to provide access to area businesses
  • Install a new traffic signal at Ingram Mill Road and Chestnut Expressway
  • First phase of construction: June to December 2016. Prime contractor: D&E Blasting & Excavating, Nixa -- COMPLETED
  • Second phase of construction: January 2017 to November 2017. Prime contractor: Lehman Construction Company, California 
  • Partnership project: city of Springfield, Greene County, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad, MoDOT 

Completion Date: November 2017

Total Project Cost: $14.8 million.

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