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Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project

January 18, 2018 08:39 AM

Chestnut Railroad Bridge Project in Springfield

Update for Week of January 15


  • Extreme cold during the first part of the week is slowing progress on the project  

Work Scheduled:  

  • Hauling rock and dirt to northwest side of bridge
  • Building curb and gutter along north side of Chestnut Expressway east of bridge
  • Installing electrical components on east side of bridge
  • Building sidewalks on both sides of bridge 

Traffic Impacts:  

  • Traffic stops possible on Chestnut Expressway west of new bridge to allow trucks to cross the road
    • Two westbound lanes open
    • One eastbound lane open
    • Delays occurring eastbound on Chestnut Expressway during afternoon rush hour
    • Drivers urged to use both eastbound lanes of Chestnut Expressway leading up to new bridge and then take turns merging into one lane near Belcrest Avenue
  • Drivers will need to use Rockhurst Street (take Belcrest Avenue one block north of Chestnut Expressway) to reach businesses in Chestnut Warehouse complex. Business entrance from Chestnut Expressway temporarily closed to make way for north 1/3 of new railroad bridge and to raise elevation for future business entrance.
  • McDaniel Street underneath new bridge open to traffic
  • Camera view of project

(Weather or construction delays could alter the work schedule.)

Project Summary:

  • Build a bridge on Chestnut Expressway over the railroad tracks west of Route 65
  • Build new roads on either side of Chestnut Expressway to provide access to area businesses
  • Install a new traffic signal at Ingram Mill Road and Chestnut Expressway
  • First phase of construction: June to December 2016. Prime contractor: D&E Blasting & Excavating, Nixa -- COMPLETED
  • Second phase of construction: January 2017 to November 2017. Prime contractor: Lehman Construction Company, California 
  • Partnership project: Springfield, Greene County, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad & MoDOT
  • Completion Date:Late February/early March 2018 (Completion date postponed due to delays in relocating utility lines.)
  • Total Project Cost:$14.8 million





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