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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

July 15, 2016 09:25 AM
Route 65 Six-Laning Project - Springfield
Update for Week of July 18, 2016
  • TRAFFIC CONGESTION EXPECTED ON SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 65 SOUTH OF ROUTE 60 BEGINNING WEEK OF JULY 18 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Paving southbound Route 65 outside shoulder between Route 60 and a point south of the Springfield Lake bridge during nighttime hours
  • Installing temporary barrier wall on median side of southbound bridge over Springfield Lake
  • Excavating for bridge footings in median areas underneath Springfield Lake bridges
  • Grading in Route 65 median between Route 60 and Springfield Lake bridges
  • Installing drain pipes in Route 65 median near Evans Road 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • RAMP CLOSING: Eastbound Route 60-to-southbound Route 65 ramp CLOSED at night. Work hours: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday, July 17-20.
  • TRAFFIC SHIFT: Southbound Route 65 traffic shifted to west on bridge over Springfield Lake beginning Tuesday night, July 19. 
    • Traffic shift remains in place until fall
    • TRAFFIC CONGESTION EXPECTED during afternoon rush hours for southbound Route 65 and for eastbound Route 60 for drivers exiting to go southbound on Route 65
    • DRIVERS URGED TO FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES
  • Crews and equipment entering and leaving the Route 65 median
  • Southbound Route 65 speed limit reduced to 55 mph in work zone
  • ROAD/TRAIL CLOSINGS:
    • 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 

(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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