MoDOT: Chestnut Expressway Safety & Operational Improvements In Springfield

Focus of Virtual Public Meeting February 16-March 2

Springfield, Greene County – Those interested in a project to improve traffic flow along Chestnut Expressway (Loop 44/Business Route 65) in Springfield are invited to view the proposed improvements and project information via a virtual (online) public meeting from Thursday, February 16 until Thursday, March 2, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Starting Thursday, February 16, the virtual public meeting can be accessed here:

For those unable to access the online meeting, contact MoDOT’s Southwest District Office at 417.895.7600 and accommodations will be made to share the information and gather feedback.

Project highlights:

  • Proposed improvements on Chestnut Expressway (Loop 44/Business 65) from I-44 to Eastgate Avenue in Springfield include:
    • Signal improvements at various locations
    • Sidewalk (ADA) improvements at various locations
    • Intersection improvements at various locations
    • Improve safety and traffic operations by managing access
    • Operational improvements at US Route 65 diverging diamond interchange
    • Install mid-block pedestrian hybrid beacon
    • Resurfacing and pavement marking from Lulwood Avenue to Eastgate Avenue

Expected traffic impacts during construction:

  • Nighttime work hours from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Lane closings on Chestnut Expressway (Loop 44/Business 65) at times
  • Narrowed lanes and traffic shifts on Chestnut Expressway (Loop 44/Business 65) at times
  • During higher traffic volume times, drivers can expect occasional delays
  • During the intersection work, turn lanes may be closed at times
  • Crews and equipment close to traffic in areas
  • Drivers may need to seek alternate routes to get to their destinations

Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2024.

The estimated project cost is $7.9 million.


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