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Construction continues on the interchange between US Highways 60 and 65. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with The Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, to learn more about what drivers should be aware of.
The construction at the 60/65 interchange is drawing near its end, but for the next few weeks, crews will be putting on the finishing touches. Drivers need to continue to use caution in construction zones. Angela Eden is a spokesperson for MoDOT in southwest Missouri.
“Throughout the week this week there will be nighttime closings of ramps and roads. What we’re doing right now is we’re doing a lot of the clean-up at the interchange because this project is nearing completion. Crews are working over the actual driving lanes of Highway 65. During that work at night they’ll actually have to close 65 either northbound or southbound to get those bridges painted,” Eden says.
Eden says the clean-up work includes painting bridge girders, removing concrete barrier walls, grading slopes, and removing temporary pavement. She says most of the lane closings will be overnight to minimize the impact on drivers.
“Roughly between 8:00 or 10:00 pm at night to 6:00 in the morning is when these closings are taking place. Whenever we do have a closing in place, we have detours in place that will allow people to get around the roads or ramps that are closed,” Eden says.
An additional fine of $250 will be imposed for drivers who speed when workers are present.
“Highway 65 is reduced to 55 mph. U.S. 60 is reduced to 55 [mph] and then as you get closer to the nitty-gritty of where the work is taking place, the speed limit is also reduced further to 45 [mph]. So, folks just need to be careful. The reduced speed limits are there for a reason,” says Eden.
Sections of the Galloway Creek Greenway trail and the Missouri Conservation Nature Center trail will be closed until the project is complete.
Eden encourages drivers to allow extra travel time if they'll be driving through the 60/65 interchange, and to expect some delays.
The project is scheduled to be completed later this month. A community celebration is scheduled for November 1st. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.