65 Highway Extends to Arkansas Border - Branson-Hollister Project Details

Work Beginning in 2006
Will Complete Corridor

The widening to four lanes of U.S. 65 south of Hollister, starting in 2006, will conclude a long but steady effort to add lanes along the increasingly busy corridor between Springfield and the Missouri-Arkansas line.

Currently, U.S. 65 is being four-laned through Hollister, with an interchange and overpass also being built. This $19 million project was made possible through a partnership involving MoDOT, Hollister and Taney County. This project is scheduled for completion in fall 2006.

Next up, in late 2005, work will begin on a $10-million project to four-lane U.S. 65 between Branson and Hollister. A second bridge carrying the two new lanes will be built over Lake Taneycomo.

The Hollister-to-Arkansas project, estimated to cost $36 million, involves four-laning eight miles of U.S. 65.
Amendment 3 funds have accelerated the Branson-to-Hollister project.

Amendment 3 also enabled MoDOT to add the Hollister-to-Arkansas project to the 5-Year Plan of construction work. The project in April 2005 was voted the highest-priority rural highway need in Missouri by a statewide Major Projects Task Force of city, county and state transportation officials.

Expected Traffic Impacts:
Minimal along U.S. 65; expect blocked access from side roads to U.S. 65 at various times


* 1970s – New lanes completed between I-44 in Springfield and Ozark

* 1980s – New lanes added at Branson and interchanges built at Routes 76 and 248

* 1990s – New lanes added between Ozark and a point north of Branson

* 2004 – Work begins to add new lanes, interchange and overpass at Hollister, with completion in 2006

* 2005-2007 – New lanes added and new bridge built over Lake Taney-como between Branson and Hollister

* 2006-2008 – New lanes to be added and outer roas built between Hollister and Missouri/Arkansas state line

For more information, contact our Springfield District Office at 417-895-7600 or 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).