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MoDOT News Release 

Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

March 17, 2017 08:35 AM
Route 65 Six-Laning Project - Springfield
Update for Week of March 20, 2017
  • Southbound and northbound Route 65 lane closings at night for shoulder work
  • Northbound Route 65 traffic shifted to southbound median bridge until late summer; speed limit reduced to 45 mph 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Grinding off old asphalt from Route 65 shoulders and replacing it with new asphalt
  • Removing northbound bridge over Springfield Lake AWAY from traffic
  • Building bridge footings for new northbound Route 65 bridge underneath the highway 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • NIGHT WORK: Route 65 lane closings for asphalt work. Work hours: as early as 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Slight traffic delays occurring northbound during morning rush hour
    • Northbound speed limit reduced to 45 mph; further reduced to 40 mph in crossovers
    • Route 65 will remain open to four lanes most of the time
    • Northbound traffic will remain on southbound bridge until late summer 2017
  • Southbound Route 65 ramp from eastbound Route 60 extended across Springfield Lake bridge. Drivers encouraged to use extended ramp and merge into southbound Route 65 after crossing bridge.
    • Timbercrest Road underneath Route 65, the Galloway Greenways trail and the James River Water trail CLOSED until fall 2017
    • Drivers urged to use alternate routes to get around the Timbercrest Road closing
    • Trail users are urged to use other Greenways trails in the area
  • Route 65 speed limit reduced to 55 mph in work zone 

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

Project Summary:

  • Widen Route 65 to six lanes — three lanes in each direction — between Route 60 and a point south of Evans Road to continue the progress to six lane Route 65 toward Ozark
  • Widen and rehabilitate southbound Route 65 bridge over Lake Springfield to accommodate new lanes and to lengthen eastbound Route 60-to-southbound Route 65 ramp
  • Replace northbound Route 65 bridge over Lake Springfield with new, wider span to replace old bridge in constant need of repair
  • Extend northbound Route 65 ramps to Route 60 

Prime Contractor: Emery Sapp and Sons, Columbia

Completion Date: November 2017

Total Project Cost: $21 million.

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