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Major Project Planned on Route 65 in Greene County Next Year


The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to widen Route 65 to six lanes between James River Freeway and the Christian County line in 2016.

A meeting is planned for next week so MODOT can share the plans with the public.

Besides widening Route 65, plans call for replacing the northbound bridge over Lake Springfield with a new, wider structure and rehabilitating and widening the southbound bridge.  The project is expected to last from the summer of 2016 through the fall of 2017.

MODOT officials will talk about possible impacts to city streets, recreational facilities and trails underneath the Route 65 bridges during construction at the public meeting.  It will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center from 4 to 6 pm on June 9th.

According to MODOT, “the goal of the project is to continue with additional driving lanes to ease congestion on Route 65 between Ozark and Springfield.  The project also will lengthen exit ramps from eastbound Route 60-to-southbound Route 65 and northbound Route 65-to-westbound Route 60.”

For those unable to attend, an online public meeting will be available on the MoDOT website at beginning June 9 where people can access project information and ask questions or make comments. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.