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Battlefield Road/Route 65 Interchange Nov. 18 Public Meeting

November 10, 2014 03:22 PM

Battlefield Road/Route 65 Interchange:

Drivers Invited to View Construction Plans During Nov. 18 Public Meeting

Springfield- Drivers interested in traffic impacts and the construction schedule for the Battlefield Road/Route 65 interchange reconstruction project are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday, November 18, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. 

The open house-style meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on November 18 at Second Baptist Church at 3111 E. Battlefield Road in Room 210A.  No formal presentation is planned. 

Those who attend may come and go at any time during the meeting.  MoDOT and contractor representatives will be on hand to show the plans for rebuilding the interchange.  Those who attend can learn more about how the project will be built and when traffic impacts are expected.

Those who are unable to attend the in-person meeting can view all maps and other displays at an online public meeting starting November 18 on MoDOT's Southwest District web site.   

The work currently underway on the project is causing minimal impacts to traffic.  Nighttime lane closings are possible at times on Battlefield Road and Route 65.

In January 2015, work will begin to replace the Battlefield Road bridge over Route 65 one-half at a time.  Unlike other Diverging Diamond interchanges recently built in the Springfield area, the Battlefield Road/Route 65 interchange will be converted to the Diverging Diamond traffic pattern sometime in January or early February to help move traffic more efficiently during reconstruction of the Battlefield Road bridge.

MoDOT is sending out weekly construction updates via email and are posting the updates on its web site. Anyone interested in receiving construction updates may contact MoDOT's Southwest District Office in Springfield at 417.895.7600 or request updates by emailing MoDOT's Southwest District office.

Construction Traffic Impacts:

  • Nighttime lane closings on Battlefield Road and on Route 65.  Work hours: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Switch to Diverging Diamond traffic pattern in January or February
  • Route 65 CLOSED up to 30 hours on two different occasions for bridge demolition. During the closings, Route 65 traffic routed over the ramps.
  • Ramps at interchange CLOSED up to two weeks (only two ramps closed at a time) sometime during the project
  • Battlefield Road over Route 65 CLOSED up to 32 hours for switch to final configuration late in the project
  • During daytime hours, one lane in each direction will remain open on Battlefield Road and six lanes will remain open on Route 65

Project Highlights:

  • Battlefield Road bridge over Route 65 replaced with a slightly wider and higher structure
  • Battlefield Road converted to Diverging Diamond Interchange design, which allows Battlefield Road traffic to make "free" left-hand turns onto Route 65
  • On Route 65, new southbound and a northbound auxiliary lanes built to connect Sunshine Street and Battlefield Road ramps
  • New traffic signal at Battlefield Road and Woodstock Avenue

Prime Contractor: Hartman and Company, Springfield

Project Cost: $12.5 million
 
Completion: September 30, 2015

Partnership: City of Springfield, Greene County, Ozarks Transportation Organization, Jack Henry & Associates, Justice Jewelers and McLean Enterprises, Inc.

 

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