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Delays and Narrow Lanes Expected During Bridge Project

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo.--Traffic delays can be expected on Northbound Route 65 during bridge construction.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo.--Traffic delays can be expected on Northbound Route 65 during bridge construction.

Drivers traveling northbound on Route 65 between Ozark and Springfield can expect traffic shifts, narrowed driving lanes and possible delays when work begins the week of April 28 on a project to replace the Farmer’s Branch Bridge just south of Evans Road.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, two northbound lanes will remain open especially during heavy traffic volume times.

If the work requires lane closings, it will be done at night between 7:30 pm and 6:30 am.

The new bridge will be built one-half at a time so that two lanes of traffic can be maintained during much of the project.

Traffic Impacts Expected:

• Northbound Route 65 will be shifted away from where work is taking place
• The northbound Route 65 speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph in the work zone
• Narrowed driving lanes can be expected
• Nighttime lane closings are possible at times

The project also will be equipped with an Intelligent Transportation System that will use message boards to alert drivers to delays in the work zone. Message boards will be placed along the northbound lanes of Route 65 near Christian County Route EE south of Ozark, Route F in Ozark and Route 14 in Ozark to alert northbound drivers about possible delays ahead. The messages will display real-time traffic information that will inform drivers in time for them to seek alternate routes if they choose.

Construction cost for the bridge project is reported as being a $3 million dollar renovation and could be completed around October 31.

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