Taney/Christian Counties -- Preliminary work is scheduled to begin the week of March 5 on a project to resurface Route 65 and rehabilitate two bridges between Christian County Route EE south of Ozark and the Ozark Mountain Highroad (Route 465) north of Branson.
The Missouri Department of Transportation said temporary crossovers will be built starting the week of March 5 in the Route 65 median in two locations:
1. Near the southbound Route 65 bridge over Woods Fork just south of Ozark.
2. Near the southbound Route 65 bridge over Camp Creek near Busiek State Forest near the Christian/Taney county line.
Route 65 traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction around the two bridges which will be CLOSED so the decks can be replaced.
Southbound traffic will be shifted across the median into the northbound left lane. Northbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound right lane.
Here's a look at the project:
* Contractor crews will remove the bridge decks from the southbound Route 65 bridge over Woods Fork south of Ozark and the southbound Route 65 bridge over Camp Creek near Busiek State Forest.
* All four lanes of Route 65 will be resurfaced between Christian County Route EE south of Ozark and Route 465 (Ozark Mountain Highroad) north of Branson.
* Early March to late March, drivers can expect lane closings and equipment entering and leaving work areas near the Woods Fork and Camp Creek bridges where crews will build temporary crossovers in the Route 65 median.
* In late March, southbound Route 65 traffic at the Woods Fork and the Camp Creek bridges will be shifted into one northbound lane of Route 65, with two-way traffic in the northbound lanes at each bridge.
* In late March, contractor crews will begin resurfacing Route 65 at night. Drivers can expect lane closings where crews are set up between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Crews may work on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights if needed to stay on schedule.
* The speed limit on Route 65 in the work zones will be reduced to 55 mph.
* Slow-moving trucks will enter and leave the highway at various times in each work zone.
Journagan Construction of Springfield is the prime contractor, doing the work for a low bid amount of $4.9 million.
The project is scheduled for completion by December 1, 2012. The contractor hopes to have the project completed by late summer.
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