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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

December 29, 2016 10:53 AM
Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project in Springfield:
Traffic Congestion Expected to Start in Mid-to-Late January

Springfield, Greene County – Drivers can expect significant traffic congestion to begin in mid-January on Chestnut Expressway in east Springfield as work begins on constructing a new bridge over the railroad tracks west of Route 65. 

With the railroad bridge project progressing toward major traffic impacts, the Missouri Department of Transportation is inviting area residents to learn more about the impending traffic impacts and the methods available for accessing information about the project and its impacts during a January 10 public meeting. 

The public meeting will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, at High Street Baptist Church at 900 N. Eastgate Avenue. 

The meeting will be come-and-go style with NO FORMAL PRESENTATION planned. MoDOT and contractor representatives will be on hand to answer questions. 

Those unable to attend the public meeting may view exhibits and ask questions via an online meeting available on MoDOT’s Southwest District website. 

The first phase of the Chestnut Expressway railroad project began in June with contractor crews relocating utility lines, building a new city street to the north of Chestnut Expressway and constructing the temporary bypass that drivers will use during the railroad bridge construction.  The project took longer than expected which has delayed the start of the actual bridge project. 

Starting in mid to late January phase two of the project is scheduled to begin. Chestnut Expressway traffic will be moved to the temporary bypass to allow contractor crews room to build the new railroad bridge on the existing five lanes of Chestnut Expressway.  

Significant Traffic Impacts On Chestnut Expressway Expected When Is Traffic Moved to Temporary Bypass: 

The temporary bypass on Chestnut Expressway will consist of two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane and is located slightly north of the existing roadway.  Once Chestnut Expressway traffic is moved to the temporary bypass, drivers can expect significant delays due to the reduced number of through lanes in the eastbound direction and the elimination of the center turn lane on Chestnut Expressway in the work zone.  Traffic will remain on the temporary bypass until late summer 2017. 

Traffic on the temporary bypass will travel over the railroad tracks.  A temporary railroad crossing including gates and flashing lights will stop traffic when a train is crossing Chestnut Expressway.  Because traffic will continue over the railroad tracks during construction of the new bridge, Chestnut Expressway will see significant traffic congestion and delays during train crossings. 

Drivers who do not need to visit businesses along Chestnut Expressway are highly encouraged to find alternate routes to reach center city areas during the bridge project.  

MoDOT has been working with nearby businesses and colleges and universities to encourage their employees, students and visitors to use other routes other than Chestnut Expressway to help lessen traffic congestion and the expected traffic delays.  

Project Facts:

  • Build a bridge on Chestnut Expressway over the railroad tracks west of Chestnut Expressway
  • 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
  • Second phase of construction: January 2017 to late 2017. Prime contractor: Lehman Construction Company, California 
  • Total project cost estimate: $14.8 million
  • Partnership project: city of Springfield, Greene County, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad, MoDOT

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