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Highway 65 between I-44 and Kearney has reopened, but the southbound stretch between Valley Water Mill Rd. and I-44 is closed, and there is no access to I-44 from southbound 65.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the closure will last until 10 p.m. Sunday, August 19.  Crews are working on pavement reconstruction.

The detour is westbound Greene County Route AA to southbound Glenstone Ave. to I-44 to southbound Route 65.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation says drought conditions exist throughout much of the state.  Because of that, it’s decided to offer a special overwidth hauling permit to help farmers and ranchers move hay. Loads must be of legal height, length and weight. According to MODOT, permits can be requested via phone and will, in most cases, be issued within minutes via fax or email. The $32 permit fee will be waived through Oct. 31.


A meeting today (4/5) in Republic focuses on railroad crossing safety between that city and Marionville to the west.

The Missouri Department of Transportation gathered feedback from railroad surveys and at two public meetings in 2017.  That information has been used by MODOT, working with an engineering consultant, to develop initial safety alternatives for rail crossings.

The public will be able to review the feedback and learn about the proposed safety measures during the meeting today from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Republic Community Center, 711 E. Miller Rd.


During peak drive times in Springfield, highway 160 south of the city is packed with vehicles. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route 160, between Plainview Rd. and South St. in Nixa, averages 30,250 to 40,250 vehicles per day, with the higher number on the northern part. 

A project by the Missouri Department of Transportation is aimed at making that stretch of roadway safer.

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A new safety campaign launched by the city of Springfield aims to make drivers and pedestrians more aware of their surroundings.  The city says an average of 60 pedestrians are involved in motor vehicle accidents per year.

Mandy Buettgen-Quinn, traffic safety professional for Springfield Public Works, says pedestrian crashes and fatalities are skyrocketing.

“Part of that is distraction and another part is the communication piece between drivers and pedestrians,” she says.