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Springfield Area News Releases

Springfield District Office 417-895-7600

January 11, 2008 12:00 AM
Airport Boulevard/Route 266 Relocation
Project Set to Begin Week of January 14

MoDOT, District 8, Springfield -- A project that will build a new access road to the Springfield-Branson National Airport Mid-Field Terminal on the west side of Springfield, relocate a section of Route 266 and rehabilitate the Chestnut Expressway bridge over I-44 is scheduled to begin the week of January 14, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

During the week of January 14, contractor crews will move in equipment and may begin grading dirt for the new Airport Boulevard.

The grading work will take place AWAY from traffic. Driving disruptions are not scheduled to occur until mid-March when work begins on the rehabilitation of the Chestnut Expressway bridge over I-44.

Airport Boulevard Construction:

* A new 1.25-mile long, two-lane roadway will be built between Route 266 and the mid-field terminal. The new road can be widened to four lanes in the future when needed.

* Airport Boulevard will include a roundabout where it intersects Greene County Route EE (West Division Street) and Farm Road 124.

* A bridge will be built on Airport Boulevard to carry traffic over the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad tracks.

Route 266/Chestnut Expressway Reconstruction:

* A one-mile long section of Route 266 will be relocated 450-feet north of the existing roadway between I-44 and the new Airport Boulevard. The new Route 266 will be a four-lane road with a raised concrete median.

* Two access roads will be built connecting the new section of Route 266 to the existing roadway which will become a city street.

* The deck of the Chestnut Expressway (Route 266) bridge over I-44 will be replaced one-half at a time and 16 girders replaced.

* The westbound ramps at the I-44/Chestnut Expressway (Route 266) interchange will be reconfigured.

* Traffic signals will be installed at the ramps at the I-44/Chestnut Expressway (Route 266) interchange.

* Traffic signals will be installed on Route 266 at Airport Boulevard.

Traffic Impacts:

* When the work begins to rehabilitate the Chestnut Expressway bridge over I-44 in mid-March, the bridge will be closed one-half at a time with two-way traffic in the eastbound or westbound lanes across the bridge.

* One-lane traffic with flaggers directing drivers through the work zone is possible on Route EE and on Farm Road 124, possibly in July or August, when contractor crews tie in the roadways to the new roundabout.

* During the placing of the new girders on the underneath side of the Chestnut Expressway bridge, I-44 traffic will be stopped briefly at various times overnight -- between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

* One-lane traffic with flaggers directing drivers through the work zone is possible at times on existing Route 266 when connector roads are built to the relocated Route 266.

The project is a partnership involving the City of Springfield, Greene County, Springfield-Branson National Airport and MoDOT.

The prime contractor is APAC-Missouri of Columbia, doing the work for a low bid amount of $11.9 million.

Completion is scheduled in December 2008.

The new airport terminal is scheduled to open in February 2009.

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