Extra Lane, Longer Ramps Planned for James River Expy


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Starting next week, drivers will have to watch out for construction on Highway 60 where MoDOT will begin work on several exit ramps. 

Essentially every exit from Glenstone all the up to I-44 along James River Expressway will have some kind of work done starting Feb. 26 until July. 

Up to 60,000 vehicles travel on Highway 60 every day. So, MoDOT and the Ozarks Transportation Organization took a look at traffic volume and ways to improve traffic flow and safety along that road. 

Travis Koestner, district engineer at MoDOT Southwest District, says MoDOT decided on adding a third lane, called an auxiliary lane, between Glenstone and National.

“You look at traffic flow, there’s a lot of traffic that flows just between those two interchanges,” Koestner said. 

An auxiliary lane is an extra lane on the right side of the road that essentially connects the exit ramps, similar to what already exists from Kansas Expressway to Campbell exits. 

“So folks don’t have to merge all the way into 60 traffic,” said  Koestner. “They can just stick to the auxiliary lane, and just go from interchange to interchange.” 

The next project will make some merge lanes on James River longer at the on-ramps from Kansas Expressway, Highway FF, Highway MM and Route 413 or West Sunshine Street. 

MoDOT says extending the merge lanes will make it easier for drivers to weave in and out of them. 

“When you are accelerating to get back on route 60, it gives you more time to up to speed, check traffic and safely merge into route 60,” Koestner said. 

Contractor crews will do most of the work at night. 

“We want to make sure we are working at the least impactful time,” Koestner said. 

MoDOT says there’s a possibility of crews leaving only one lane open from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. 

“We do ask folks, pay attention, put the seatbelts on, put the phones down and adjust your speed,” Koestner said. 

This project will cost $2.4million and is expected to be completed in July. But it won’t all be done at once. MoDOT says the contractors will start with the auxiliary lane between Glenstone and National and work their way west on those on-ramps. 

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