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Construction on one of the busiest interchanges in Southwest Missouri is finished 7 months ahead of schedule. KSMU's Emily Nash was at the Interstate 44 and Highway 65 interchange for the ribbon cutting ceremony and tells us what the changes mean for drivers.
About 100,000 drivers use the I44 and Highway 65 interchange everyday.
If you've driven thru this interchange, you've probably might noticed some major changes.
Kirk Juranas, district engineer for the Springfield region of the Missouri Department of Transportation announces the completion of the I-44 and Highway 65 reconstruction project.
The most noticeable change for drivers is the new north to west flyover ramp.
Lt. Terry Moore is a Missouri Highway Patrol Officer and says the flyover ramp should help prevent drivers from weaving on and off the Interstate and Highway.
Other changes include the rebuilt north and southbound ramps on Highway 65 and the new overhead lights that surround the interchange.
U.S. Senator Kit Bond says maintaining good roads isn't just a safety issue, but a way to keep good jobs in this area.
This is the first of several reconstruction projects on heavily trafficked areas in Springfield.
MODOT says it will begin work on the James River Freeway and Route 60 Glenstone interchange in 2008.