SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Plans are in the works for the fourth diverging diamond interchange in the city. This one would be on Kansas Expressway (Missouri 13) at James River Freeway (U.S. 60).
Natasha Longpine, principal planner for Ozarks Transportation Organization, a regional coordinating group for highway projects, and Angela Eden, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Transportation, say construction could start late this year or early next year.
The $5.1 million project would be jointly funded by MoDOT, Greene County ($500,000), and the City of Springfield ($2,055,400). The city’s funds come from its 1/8-percent sales tax for transportation projects. The county’s funds come from a federal program for urban roads that are not part of the Interstate or federal highway system.
The city’s first two diverging diamonds are on Kansas Expressway (Missouri 13) at Interstate 44 and on National Avenue at James River Freeway. A third one is under construction on Chestnut Expressway (Business Route 65) at U.S. 65. MoDOT also recently built one in Branson on Missouri 248 at U.S. 65.