SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The start of a new week, will mean for some of you, another possible disruption to your Monday morning commute.
Starting Monday at midnight, MODOT will continue its Route 65 Rebuild Project with northbound lane closures between Sunshine Street and Chestnut Expressway.
Because all northbound traffic will have to exit onto Sunshine Street during the repaving project, some businesses say it could mean more drivers stopping by their establishments.
“It will be a little bit congested going northbound that first morning especially all of traffic exiting. They’ll be exiting at Battlefield, they’ll be exiting at Sunshine,” says MODOT engineer Brad Gripka.
It’s that prediction that has St. George’s Donut Shop owner Nick St. George hopeful that extra traffic on Sunshine will mean increased revenue.
“I believe it’s going to boost my business. A lot of people normally would stay on the highway would have to turn off and see my business and they’ll stop by,” says St. George.
Just a little further down Sunshine Street is employee Sandi Baker at Wheeler Gardens and Florist. She vouches for the same possibility.
“I think with traffic being rerouted that maybe people will get the idea that we’re over here,” says Baker.
For Dairy Queen Manager Kristi Haskins, it’s a toss up.
“Honestly it could go either way, I mean it’s closing right at Sunshine so a lot of people either get off on Sunshine and we’ll get busy or they’ll detour around and not even come this way,” says Haskins.
Traffic being rerouted will last a week while repaving is done between Sunshine and Chestnut Expressway.
“Our main alternate route is for traffic to take James River or 360 all the way around town,” says Gripka.
“There is some congestion going on traffic wise, but I would say for all the businesses around here, it would benefit a little bit,” says St. George.
“We just need to build in a little extra time getting into work,” says Baker.
The next phase of the project will start the week of August 14th with Route 65 northbound lane closures between Chestnut Expressway and Division Street.