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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

January 03, 2018 03:23 PM
Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project in Springfield
Update for Week of January 8
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Chestnut Expressway CLOSED at railroad bridge from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, to haul rock and dirt from south side of Chestnut to northwest corner of bridge
  • Work planned for week of Jan. 1 delayed to week of Jan. 8 to extreme cold temperatures 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Hauling rock and dirt to northwest side of bridge
  • Building curb and gutter along north side of Chestnut Expressway east of bridge
  • Installing electrical components on east side of bridge
  • Building sidewalks on east side of bridge 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Chestnut Expressway CLOSED  to all traffic at bridge from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. Access remains open to ALL businesses in the area
    • Signed detour:
      • For eastbound traffic: Belcrest Avenue to Cairo Street to Union Avenue to Cherry Street to Ingram Mill Road
      • For westbound traffic: Ingram Mill Road to Cherry Street to Union Avenue to Cairo Street to Belcrest Avenue
    • 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 February/early March 2018 (Completion date postponed due to delays in relocating utility lines.)
  • 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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