There’s no doubt that the revitalization of Highway 65 in Springfield, Missouri will cause some traffic headaches. Whenever you close down a major thoroughfare within any metropolitan area, congestion almost always ensues. Having an alternate plan will make a big difference this summer while traveling through Springfield. Whether you are commuting to and from work, hitting the lake for some R and R, or heading to your favorite spotter lookout post during the approach of severe weather, it’s important to develop an alternate route to bypass these closures.
Work will first be done on southbound Highway 65 where closings started on July 10, 2017, with completion expected by late July or early August. Work will then shift to the northbound Highway 65 lanes on August 7, 2017, with completion projected by late August or early September.
There will be marked detours along with several temporary traffic lights in place to accommodate these closures. However, avoiding this area altogether during the next two months will probably be your best bet.
The following list shows the segments and dates of expected closures along Highway 65 as posted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODoT).
Week of July 10, 2017
Southbound 65 closed between Kearney and Division Streets.
Week of July 17, 2017
Southbound 65 closed between Division Street and Chestnut Expressway.
Week of July 24, 2017
Southbound 65 closed between Chestnut Expressway and Sunshine Street.
Week of August 7, 2017
Northbound 65 closed between Sunshine Street and Chestnut Expressway.
Week of August 14, 2017
Northbound 65 closed between Chestnut Expressway and Division Street.
Week of August 21, 2017
Northbound 65 closed between Division Street and Kearney Street.
For more information and details, visit the MODot webpage for “Route 65: The Rebuild” by clicking here.