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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

July 20, 2017 10:48 AM
Route 65: THE REBUILD - Springfield
Update for Week of July 24, 2017

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROJECT IN THE COMING WEEK:

  • Southbound Route 65 CLOSED between Chestnut Expressway and a point north of Sunshine Street at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, July 23
  • Southbound Route 65 OPEN from I-44 to Chestnut Expressway after 8 p.m. Sunday evening, July 23
  • Southbound Route 65 reduced to one lane between a point south of I-44 to Chestnut Expressway
  • Drivers urged to avoid Eastgate Avenue east of Route 65 especially at Chestnut Expressway
  • Delays expected for drivers existing southbound Route 65 at Chestnut Expressway due to bridge construction and crossing trains
  • ALL SOUTHBOUND LANES OF ROUTE 65 EXPECTED TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC BY LATE ON SUNDAY, JULY 30                                            

 

Work Scheduled:  

  • Breaking up and removing concrete pavement in two southbound outside lanes of Route 65 between Chestnut Expressway and a point north of Sunshine Street early in the week
  • Pouring new concrete for southbound outside lanes starting on Tuesday or Wednesday
  • Installing guardrail in areas between Kearney Street and Chestnut Expressway
  • Crews working 24-hours a day with construction noise possible ‘round the clock 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • ROAD CLOSED: Southbound Route 65 CLOSED between Chestnut Expressway and Sunshine Street
    • Closing time: around 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 30
    • Southbound Route 65 reduced to one lane south of I-44 to Chestnut Expressway
    • All southbound Route 65 traffic can and must exit at Chestnut Expressway
    • Southbound Route 65 traffic can exit at Kearney Street and at Division Street
  • RAMPS CLOSED:
    • I-44 ramps to southbound Route 65 CLOSED
    • Southbound on ramp from Chestnut Expressway to Route 65 CLOSED
    • Southbound off ramp from Route 65 to Sunshine Street CLOSED
  • ROUTE 65 DETOUR:
    • Signed detour using I-44 and Route 360/60 (southwest loop around Springfield)
    • Alternate detour using Route 125 between I-44 and Route 60
    • Drivers encouraged to find alternate routes to destinations inside Springfield including Glenstone Avenue, Kansas Expressway and West Bypass
  • TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SIGNALS:
    • Located at Eastgate Avenue & Cherry Street, Eastgate Avenue & Catalpa Street, and LeCompte Road & Division Street intersections
    • Drivers will experience delays at the intersections
    • Traffic signals are temporary and will be removed when the closings of Route 65 are complete in late August/early September 

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

Project Summary:

  • Rebuild outside two lanes in both directions of Route 65 between Kearney Street and Sunshine Street
  • Route 65 CLOSED in segments (between interchanges) in one direction at a time from week of July 10 until first of September
  • Southbound closings start on July 10 with completion by late July/early August
    • Southbound closed between Kearney and Division Streets week of July 10 -- COMPLETED
    • Southbound closed between Division Street and Chestnut Expressway week of July 17 – NEARING COMPLETION
    • Southbound closed between Chestnut Expressway and Sunshine Street week of July 24
  • Northbound closings start on August 7 with completion by late August/early September
    • Northbound closed between Sunshine Street and Chestnut Expressway week of August 7
    • Northbound closed between Chestnut Expressway and Division Street week of August 14
    • Northbound closed between Division Street and Kearney Street week of August 21
  • Rebuild or repair interchange ramps
  • Upgrade guardrail
  • Rebuild outside shoulders
  • Prime Contractor: Millstone Weber, LLC of St. Charles, Mo.
  • Completion Date: November 2017
  • Total Project Cost: $7.9 million

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(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest

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