Missouri Department of Transportation

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A new safety campaign launched by the city of Springfield aims to make drivers and pedestrians more aware of their surroundings.  The city says an average of 60 pedestrians are involved in motor vehicle accidents per year.

Mandy Buettgen-Quinn, traffic safety professional for Springfield Public Works, says pedestrian crashes and fatalities are skyrocketing.

“Part of that is distraction and another part is the communication piece between drivers and pedestrians,” she says.

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Heavier loads will temporarily be allowed on some Missouri roadways.  The Missouri Department of Transportation made the change to allow private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight to help with debris removal from flood-stricken areas.  The heavier loads are not allowed on interstate highways.

MODOT says overweight permits won’t be required, but all other traffic and motor carrier regulations that normally apply will remain in place.  The 60-day waiver began on Saturday, June 10, and continues through August 9.

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A project on Highway 65 in Springfield will have significant impacts on traffic from May to October, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

“Route 65: THE REBUILD” project, as it’s being called, to rebuild the outside two lanes of Route 65 from Kearney to Sunshine, will be the focus of a public meeting today (2/7).  Another meeting will be held in April once a contractor is hired and plans are finalized.

MODOT officials said the original pavement in those lanes was built in the 1970's and is deteriorating to the point where it needs to be replaced.  

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Starting Friday night, Chestnut Expressway traffic just west of Route 65 in Springfield is set to be shifted to a temporary bypass to make way for a new railroad bridge.

According to the MO Department of Transportation, the result will be increased congestion on Chestnut Expressway while the bridge is under construction. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes until November.  You’ll still be able to access businesses in the area. 

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New pedestrian crossings on Glenstone are hoped to increase safety for those on foot, in wheelchairs and on bikes.  The crossings are located just north of Portland and Cinderella and just south of I-44. 

Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) spokesperson, Angela Eden, said the locations were chosen based, in part, on observations by MODOT traffic engineers.

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