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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation was focused on clearing the state’s roadways of snow and ice.  And before the week was up, crews began working to repair potholes.

The department’s state maintenance director, Natalie Roark, said in a news release that the freezing temperatures combined with the snow and ice this month have caused lots of potholes to form on Missouri’s highways.  Crews are working as hard as they can to fill potholes.  She asked motorists to be patient.

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About nine miles of Glenstone Avenue are the target of a planned project by the Missouri Department of Transportation.  The proposed recommendations are for Glenstone from north of Valley Water Mill Street to James River Freeway.

They include complete signal rebuilds at Bennett, Cherry, Grand and St. Louis; signal modifications to benefit pedestrians, resurfacing the roadway, adding sidewalks, removing redundant driveways and eliminating left turns from certain side streets onto Glenstone.


The Missouri Department of Transportation is working on plans to eventually widen U.S. Route 60, otherwise know as James River Freeway, to six lanes between Kansas Expressway and National Avenue in Springfield.  And the organization is seeking public comment.

According to MODOT, there’s no time frame currently for construction, but engineers are planning projects to widen the highway by one lane in each direction in the median of Highway 60.  The Route 60 bridges over Campbell Avenue will be widened to accommodate the new lanes.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation will start work on July 15 to widen Highway 160 from I-44 to Jackson St. in Willard to four lanes.  

The $18.6 million project will include adding two lanes to the existing two-lane highway, safety improvements at several intersections between I-44 and Jackson Street and installing a pedestrian underpass at Hunt Rd. for the Frisco Highline Trail.  Three intersections will be converted to roundabouts:  Farm Rd. 94, Jackson St. and Hunt Rd. and one to a J-Turn:  Farm Rd. 123.  Two will get signal upgrades.

Ramps at Route 60 and 65 in southeast Springfield will be closed at various times overnight on weekdays starting Wednesday, March 6, and going through March 13th as workers replace guardrails.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, these closures are planned:

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Work starts this week on a project to improve safety at 10 intersections on Highway 13 between Springfield and Clinton. 

Contractor crews are scheduled to start the work at the Highway 13 intersection in Osceola.


The Missouri Department of Transportation has placed weight limits on the Long Creek Bridge over Table Rock Lake in Taney County.

The bridge, on Missouri Route 86, recently underwent an inspection, according to MODOT, which found deteriorating conditions that required immediate weight limits.

All vehicles will be limited to 25 tons.  According to MODOT, the legal maximum weight limit for vehicles in Missouri is 40 tons.

The bridge was built in 1956 and carries approximately 8700 vehicles a day.


Missouri has 922 bridges listed in poor condition—that’s according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.            

The U.S. Department of Transportation classifies bridges on a scale from 1 to 9: a score of 7, 8, or 9 means that a bridge is in “Good” condition and a score of 5 or 6 means that a bridge is rated as “Fair.”  When a bridge reaches a score of 4 or lower, it’s considered in “Poor” condition and in need of repairs.

Here's a heads up if you're planning to drive to Branson today.  The Missouri Department of Transportation said law enforcement officers will slow or possibly stop traffic for short periods on Route 65 near Route 465/Taney County Route F north of Branson.

Utility contractors will install utility lines over Route 65 near that intersection beginning at 10 a.m.

MODOT urged drivers to slow down and prepare to stop during the project. 

Safety of First Responders is Focus of Special Week

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National Traffic Incident Response Week is underway, and it goes through Saturday.  The Missouri Department of Transportation is partnering with other emergency response agencies to create awareness of the safety of responders working on the state’s roadways

Three MoDOT responders have been killed in the last ten years while responding to accidents, according to the organization. Other agencies, such as the Missouri Highway Patrol, have lost personnel for the same reason.  

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is planning to build an interchange at Highways 60 and 125 near Rogersville to replace the traffic signal that’s there now.   And on November 8, it’s planning a public meeting to talk about the project. 

Plans include building a Highway 60 bridge over Route 125, building interchange ramps for safe access onto both highways, build outer roads with connections to businesses and removing the Farm Rd. 229 connection to Route 60.

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October and November are peak months for deer on the road—that’s according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.  

There were 4,111 crashes with 389 injuries involving deer in Missouri in 2017, according to MoDOT.  Just over a third of those injuries took place in October and November.

Five out of the seven fatalities caused by deer last year happened in the same months.


Meetings are planned in October to discuss several topics pertaining to Missouri’s transportation system.  The Missouri Department of Transportation will meet with planning partners in each of its seven districts.  They’ll discuss the current condition of the transportation system, how MODOT currently spends its funding and how best to use revenue from Proposition D if voters approve it on November 6.

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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.