TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 65 widening project continues Springfield to Ozark

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Work to widen another section of Route 65 to six lanes, three lanes in each direction, picks back up the week of September 17. The area getting the additional lane starts at Evans Road in Springfield and continues down to Christian County Route CC/J in Ozark.

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews will start with installing storm drains and grading areas in the median of Route 65. The project also will widen and rehabilitate the southbound Route 65 bridge over Farmer’s Branch south of Evans Road and replace the bridge deck on the Evans Road bridge over Route 65. The bridge work will take place later in the project.

The Resident Engineer on the project said two lanes will stay open during day time hours for commuters, hoping to make any delays minimal. However, overnight closures from the hours of 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. are possible at times. Once bridge work starts, drivers along southbound Route 65 can also expect traffic to shift in order to accommodate crews.

The prime contractor for the project is Millstone Weber, LLC of St. Charles, Missouri. The estimated total project cost is $10.2 million and is expected to be complete next August, in 2019.

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