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For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or check www.modot.org.

June 25, 2007 12:00 AM
I-44 at Route 65 in Springfield Closed
July 7-9 Weekend for Construction Work

Springfield -- Interstate 44 is scheduled to be closed at Route 65 in Springfield (Mile Marker 82) for up to 52 hours the weekend of July 7-9, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

A bridge over I-44 must be taken down and removed over the weekend. It will be replaced over the next several months as part of an interchange reconstruction project.

Other state routes through Springfield will be used as relief routes to guide traffic around the project. These include Kearney Street (Route 744) and Glenstone Avenue (Loop 44) between Kearney Street and I-44.

Traffic also may be shifted at times off of I-44 or Route 65 to West Bypass (Route 160), Chestnut Expressway (Loop 44/Business 65) and Kansas Expressway (Route 13).

I-44 is scheduled to be closed at Route 65 at 12 a.m. Saturday, July 7. The contractor doing the work must reopen I-44 by 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 9.

However, MoDOT and its prime contractor on the job, Emery Sapp and Sons of Columbia, are working together to try to reopen I-44 much earlier than the Monday morning deadline.

MoDOT is encouraging local drivers to avoid the interchange and use other streets and roads in the Springfield area.

MoDOT also is urging cross-state drivers, including truckers, to use a detour between Springfield and Rolla that will run south of I-44, posted with "Alternate I-44" signs to keep drivers going in the right direction. The long-distance detour will use Routes 63, 60 and 360.

To view detour maps, please visit http://www.modot.org/springfield/road_construction/I-44closing.htm.

Drivers in Springfield should expect heavier-than-normal traffic on state routes through town, especially Kearney Street (Route 744) and North Glenstone Avenue.

Heavier-than-normal traffic also may develop at the Route 60/65 interchange on Springfield's southeast side.

MoDOT will have workers on duty round-the-clock to help with traffic control if backups occur. MoDOT and its contractors are coordinating the I-44 closing with law enforcement, fire and ambulance services.

Electronic message boards will be placed in many locations to help drivers find their way.

During the I-44 closure at Route 65:

* Left turns will NOT be permitted in any direction on the Kearney Street bridge over Route 65.

* Traffic on I-44 and southbound Route 65 heading east will be directed south to the Division Street (Route YY) bridge over Route 65, across the bridge and north on Route 65 back to I-44.

* Westbound I-44 traffic will be directed north to the Valley Water Mill Road bridge over Route 65, across the bridge and south on Route 65 back to I-44. Valley Water Mill Road will be closed on either end of the bridge over Route 65 through the weekend.

* If congestion develops at the Route 60/65 interchange, traffic will be diverted to other routes and back to Route 60 or 65 to keep vehicles moving.

* The new northbound Route 65-to-westbound I-44 "flyover" ramp will be open to traffic.

* Route 65 will be reduced to one lane each direction on the southbound bridge over I-44.

The "Alternate I-44" detour between Rolla and Springfield will be:

* Route 63 between Rolla (Mile Marker 186) and Route 60 at Cabool.

* Route 60 between Cabool and Springfield.

* James River Freeway (Route 60) through Springfield

* Route 360 between Springfield and I-44 (Mile Marker 69).

Completion of the $25 million I-44/65 interchange reconstruction project is scheduled for May 2008.

Editor's note: Here's the direct link to detour maps -- http://www.modot.org/springfield/road_construction/documents/I-44-Route65Detours.pdf

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