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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

May 31, 2017 12:30 PM
Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project in Springfield
Update for Weeks of June 5 & 12
  • Building driving surface on new bridge
  • Installing water line on south side of project 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Installing components to support bridge deck/driving surface of the new Chestnut railroad bridge
  • Building retaining wall on east side of railroad tracks
  • Installing water line on south side of new bridge 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • NIGHTTIME ROAD CLOSING: Chestnut Expressway closed at night week of June 12. Work hours: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Exact dates will be announced closer to the date of closing. Detour set up using Belcrest Avenue, Cairo Street, Cherry Street and Union Street.
  • Crews and equipment entering and leaving work areas
  • CHESTNUT EXPRESSWAY TRAFFIC USING TEMPORARY BYPASS:
    • Expect traffic backups and delays on eastbound Chestnut Expressway west of Belcrest Avenue at heavy traffic volume times. Drivers urged to use both eastbound lanes and take turns merging into one lane as they enter work zone.
    • Chestnut Expressway traffic shifted to north of existing roadway
    • Two westbound lanes open
    • One eastbound lane open
    • Left-turns restricted at Belcrest Avenue/Chestnut Expressway intersection. Drivers urged to obey restricted left turns.
    • Drivers urged to find alternate routes including Kearney Street and Sunshine Street to reach downtown areas of Springfield
  • Camera view of project 

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

Project Summary:

  • Build a bridge on Chestnut Expressway over the railroad tracks west of Route 65
  • 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 
  • Partnership project: Springfield, Greene County, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad & MoDOT
  • Completion Date: November 2017
  • Total Project Cost: $14.8 million

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