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Southwest District Office (417) 895-7600

January 12, 2017 07:30 AM
Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project in Springfield
Update for Week of January 16, 2017
  • Chestnut Expressway traffic scheduled to shift to temporary bypass on Thursday night, Jan. 19
  • During traffic switch, Chestnut Expressway will be CLOSED between 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19-20 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Apply pavement stripes to temporary Chestnut Expressway bypass
  • Complete installation of railroad crossing gates and signals on temporary bypass
  • Once traffic is on temporary bypass, begin excavation for bridge footings west of railroad tracks on existing Chestnut Expressway 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • Daytime lane closings on Chestnut Expressway.  Work hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. early in week.
  • CHESTNUT EXPRESSWAY TRAFFIC SWITCH TO TEMPORARY BYPASS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY NIGHT, JAN. 19:
    • During traffic switch to bypass, Chestnut Expressway CLOSED between Belcrest Avenue and Ingram Mill Road
    • Work hours: 9 p.m to 6 a.m., Thursday night into Friday morning, Jan. 19-20
    • Signed detour during closing: Ingram Mill Road, Cherry Street, Union Avenue, Cairo Street and Belcrest Avenue
    • Following traffic shift: Two westbound lanes open on Chestnut Expressway, one eastbound lane open, left-turns restricted at Belcrest Avenue/Chestnut Expressway intersection
    • SIGNIFICANT TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE EXPECTED WHEN TRAFFIC IS MOVED TO BYPASS
    • Drivers urged to find alternate routes
  • If weather or construction delays postpone the traffic switch, it will take place Friday night, Jan. 20

 (Weather or construction delays could alter the work schedule.)

 Project Summary:

  • 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 -- COMPLETED
  • Second phase of construction: January 2017 to November 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 

Completion Date: November 2017

Total Project Cost: $14.8 million.

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