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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

November 30, 2017 09:43 AM
Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project in Springfield
Update for Week of December 4
  • REMINDER: Chestnut Expressway CLOSED at railroad bridge 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, until 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, to allow crews to pour concrete for remaining 1/3 of bridge. Chestnut Expressway traffic will be detoured. 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Installing curb and gutter along McDaniel Street north of new bridge and for business entrance on north side of Chestnut Expressway at Ingram Mill Road
  • Installing traffic signal equipment at Chestnut Expressway and Ingram Mill Road
  • Building retaining walls in areas on north side of bridge 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Chestnut Expressway CLOSED between Belcrest Avenue and Ingram Mill Road
    • Work hours: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, until as late as 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4
    • Signed detour: Belcrest Avenue, Cairo Street, Union Avenue, Cherry Street and Ingram Mill Road
    • Contractor crews pouring concrete for north 1/3 of railroad bridge
    • Access will remain open to all businesses in the area
    • Two westbound lanes open
    • One eastbound lane open
    • Delays occurring eastbound on Chestnut Expressway during afternoon rush hour
    • Drivers urged to use both eastbound lanes of Chestnut Expressway leading up to new bridge and then take turns merging into one lane near Belcrest Avenue
  • Drivers will need to use Rockhurst Street (take Belcrest Avenue one block north of Chestnut Expressway) to reach businesses in Chestnut Warehouse complex. Business entrance from Chestnut Expressway temporarily closed to make way for north 1/3 of new railroad bridge and to raise elevation for future business entrance.
  • McDaniel Street underneath new bridge open to traffic
  • 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: Springfield, Greene County, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad & MoDOT
  • Completion Date: Late 2017
  • Total Project Cost: $14.8 million


(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest

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