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Beginning tonight at 9, bridge crews will work on repairing the girders beneath the southbound Route 65 bridge that goes over Route 60. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.
If you’re travel plans include late night or early morning travel through the Route 60/65 interchange, you need to pay close attention. Crews will be working the next 3 nights from 9PM to 5:30AM as they repair the southbound bridge for Route 65. Crews will also be doing work to prepare the highway for more extension work that’s planned for the future. Bob Edwards is the spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Edwards says, “Several nights we will have a lane closing on either Route 60 or 65 through the interchange. Work has to be done to strengthen the shoulders, especially along the medians in order to have the road ready for when we start shifting traffic one direction or another. We’re starting the process of building the flyover ramps.”
It’s not just the highway that’s impacted by this work. Trails in that area are also closed. The Galloway Creek Greenway trail that goes under Route 60 next to the railroad tracks will be closed for a long time. Today and possibly tomorrow the Galloway Creek and James River Greenway trails will be closed between south US 65 and east US 60 on the southeast corner of the interchange. Edwards says MODOT is doing its best to keep trails open as much as possible.
Edwards says, “We’re going to have large segments of the trail open quite often but several sections will be closed for some period of time so you can do down and back routes but just won’t be able to go under 60 highway for quite a while.”
Edwards says the bridge work involves excavation and overhead work, making the area unsafe for hikers and bicycle riders.This week’s work will clear the way for the bigger interchange improvement project, which will take about 3 and a half years to complete.
Edwards says, “The main features will be the two flyover ramps plus building four bridges over the railroad tracks and we’re doing significant bridge work.”
One other traffic alert for drivers this week…National Avenue in Springfield will be down to just one northbound lane south of Grand beginning today and continuing until 5PM Friday. Utility crews will be working as part of the intersection improvement project for National and Grand.