SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–Starting next weekend, expect major disruptions to your Highway 65 commute in Springfield.
MODOT will be replacing the Southbound 65 Bridge over I-44, which affects 27,000 drivers who use it daily.
MODOT is taking on the project because the bridge is 60-years-old and needs to be upgraded.
Starting Saturday, July 14 at midnight, it will be closed for 24 hours while crews replace it.
If driving over the bridge is part of your daily commute, then prepare for a change in your route as crews work to replace it. MODOT engineer, Brad Gripka explains one of the detours.
“When we do the bridge closure, traffic is scheduled to go up to Valley Water Mill Road and back around and on the south side, traffic is scheduled to go to Kearney Street and then back as well,” says Gripka.
In addition to the bridge being replaced, MODOT will re-pave between Valley Water Mill Road and Kearney Street and rebuild ramps. The entire project is expected to take 48 days.
“The paving, the contractor has it scheduled one week at a time on the north side and one week from the south side,” says Gripka.
For the next month, MODOT says give plenty of time for your commute as there will be delays, but crews are working at a fast pace to get the job done.
“I’m sure there will be some frustrations, but the contractor you know they have it, they have a very aggressive schedule to get in and get this completed as quickly as possible,” says Gripka.
Crews expect the Route 65 Rebuild Project to be finished and opened to traffic by late next month.
For a complete list of closures and detours, you can find a link in this story here.