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One of the new "flyover" ramps at the Route 60/65 interchange project in Springfield opened to traffic on Sunday, October 17, and officials are asking drivers to slow down and follow new highway signs directing them to the correct lanes. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
Updated at 4:45 p.m. Monday, October 18: Beginning Monday night (10/18), both westbound lanes of US 60, or James River Freeway, will be closed at US 65. A detour will be in place. Contract crews are doing bridge work and installing road signs at that intersection.
Bob Edwards, a spokesperson for MoDOT, says drivers on Northbound 65 approaching the interchange ramp will be affected the most.
When the new flyover ramp opens early Sunday morning, all drivers traveling north on Route 65 who wish to go east or west on 60 will have to move into the right-hand lane of northbound 65 and then onto the off-ramp just after crossing the bridge over Lake Springfield.
Again, those new lanes will be signed, but MoDOT is urging drivers to slow down and show courtesy to others who are unfamiliar with the new interchange.
The speed limit will be reduced to 45 miles per hour for portions of that project.
The $57.1-million project at the 60 / 65 interchange is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2012.
For a detailed description of the new lanes, you can click here.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.