SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–If you travel on Chestnut Expressway west of Highway 65 for your morning commute, you probably noticed that the road didn’t open to four lanes.
MODOT says the cold weather delayed work on their paving project.
Chestnut still has two lanes open as of Thursday evening as crews work to pave the westbound lanes.
MODOT will be moving westbound traffic on the northbound side to allow for paving of the west side of the bridge. That paving started at 6:00 Thursday evening with the work expected to be done by midnight.
After midnight, MODOT will start paving on the east side of the bridge with the goal of having the paving completed by 6:00 Friday morning.
At that point, all four lanes will be open to traffic.
MODOT will also be doing paving at some of the intersections on Ingram Mill Road at Frisco and installing traffic signals.
MODOT says the weather and utility issues have caused delays to the project, but once it’s done, commuting will be easier for drivers.
“The main goal of this project was to eliminate the congestion, we won’t have the accidents anymore on 65 getting that congestion off of 65 due to the trains, that was our big goal,” says MODOT Engineer, Brad Gripka.
The total cost of the project is $14.8 million.