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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

March 06, 2017 08:02 AM
Northbound Route 65 Traffic Switch to Median Bridge RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 7

What: Northbound Route 65 traffic moving to southbound Route 65 median bridge over Springfield Lake        

When: RESCHEDULED FOR 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. The project was rescheduled due forecasted storms Monday night into Tuesday morning, March 6-7.  

Why: Northbound Route 65 traffic moved to southbound median bridge to allow contractor crews to replace northbound bridge over Springfield Lake

Traffic Impacts:  

  • One northbound lane of Route 65 closed at times during traffic switch
  • Northbound traffic slowed or possibly stopped for short periods to make the switch
  • When traffic switch is completed, northbound lanes narrowed and northbound traffic using temporary crossovers in Route 65 median to reach southbound median bridge
  • Be alert for increase traffic congestion on northbound Route 65 as traffic navigates across the Route 65 median to reach the southbound bridge
  • Northbound traffic on Route 65 will remain on the southbound median bridge until late summer
  • Drivers are urged to slow down and expect delays in the work zone 

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

Project Summary:

  • Widen Route 65 to six lanes — three lanes in each direction — between Route 60 and a point south of Evans Road
  • Widen and rehabilitate southbound Route 65 bridge over Lake Springfield to accommodate new lanes and to lengthen eastbound Route 60-to-southbound Route 65 ramp
  • Replace northbound Route 65 bridge over Lake Springfield with new, wider span to replace old bridge in constant need of repair
  • Extend northbound Route 65 ramps to Route 60 

Prime Contractor: Emery Sapp and Sons, Columbia

Completion Date: November 2017

Total Project Cost: $21 million.

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