U.S. Route 65 in Missouri
U.S. Route 65 (US 65) is a north–south U.S. highway that runs from Clayton, Louisiana to Albert Lea, Minnesota. In Missouri, the highway enters the state from Arkansas, just south of Branson. The highway exits the state into Iowa near South Lineville.
|Maintained by MoDOT|
|Length||313.114 mi (503.908 km)|
|South end||US 65 at the Arkansas state line|
|North end||US 65 at the Iowa state line|
|Counties||Taney, Christian, Greene, Dallas, Hickory, Benton, Pettis, Saline, Lafayette, Carroll, Livingston, Grundy, Mercer|
US 65 enters Missouri between the towns of Omaha, Arkansas and Ridgedale, Missouri. The road is a four-lane expressway, traveling through both Branson and Hollister towards Springfield. Through the Branson area, it is a freeway. North of Branson, the highway intersections with both westbound Route 76 (a freeway spur) and U.S. Route 160. All the way to Highlandville, U.S. 160 is the old alignment of U.S. 65 (until the 1960s).
Just south of Route EE at the Highlandville exit, U.S. 65 returns to freeway status. The freeway is called "Schoolcraft Freeway" in Springfield, named in honor of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Also in Springfield, the highway has junctions with U.S. Route 60 (also known as James River Freeway) and Interstate 44 (I-44). The I-44 interchange includes a flyover ramp connecting northbound U.S. 65 with westbound I-44. Construction is completed that added two at U.S. 60. In September 2011, U.S. 65 became a six-lane divided freeway in Springfield between Interstate 44 and U.S. 60. It was the first six-lane highway in Southwest Missouri. North of Springfield, it returns to a four-lane, non-interstate highway.
From Springfield to Buffalo, U.S. 65 has been upgraded as a four-lane non-interstate highway. This project began with the addition of a partial four-lane highway through the Fair Grove area to replace a dangerous traffic light intersection with an overpass. It culminated with the entire length of U.S. 65 becoming a four-lane highway from Springfield to just outside of Buffalo. The project was completed in summer 2010.
Through Buffalo, the highway now becomes two lanes with a center left-turn lane. This part of the highway has also seen upgrades in recent years, such as adding rumble strips and extending the middle turn lanes to just outside the city's northern portion.
At Sedalia (where it is called Limit Avenue), it has an intersection with U.S. Route 50 (known locally as Broadway Blvd). At Marshall Junction, north of Sedalia in Saline County, U.S. 50 intersects with both Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40. In Marshall (where it is called Lexington, Ave), U.S. 65 returns to two-lanes and stays so all the way up to Iowa. At Waverly, the highway becomes concurrent with U.S. Route 24 (which continues to Carrollton). Also in Waverly, U.S. 65 and U.S. 24 both cross the Missouri River on the Waverly Bridge. Further north, the road crosses U.S. Route 36 at Chillicothe and U.S. Route 136 at Princeton. The highway leaves Missouri at South Lineville and enters Iowa.
The section of highway from Preston to Marshall Junction has been cited as a good drive for motorcyclists, with its sparsely populated areas and the hilly landscape.
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From 1922 to 1926, US 65 in Missouri was known as Route 3. US 65 originally followed Route 248 and US 160 between Branson and Springfield. Route 3 was originally planned on a shorter route between Springfield and Preston, with Route 71 on the longer alignment via Buffalo, but Route 3 was quickly shifted east, absorbing Route 71.
All exits are unnumbered.
|Taney||Oliver Township||0.000||0.000||US 65 south – Harrison||Continuation into Arkansas|
|2.807||4.517||Route 86 west – Blue Eye|
|5.570||8.964||Route 265 north – Table Rock Lake|
US 65 Bus. north / Route 165 north – Table Rock Lake
|Interchange; south end of freeway|
US 65 Bus. south (76 Country Blvd) / Route 76 east – Reeds Spring, Forsyth
|South end of Route 76 overlap|
US 65 Bus. south / Route 248 north – Branson, Galena
|Diverging diamond interchange|
|13.250||21.324||Bee Creek Road, Branson Hills Parkway|
|16.142||25.978||Route 76 west (Ozark Mountain Highroad) / Route F east – Bull Creek||North end of Route 76 overlap|
|Jasper Township||18.756||30.185||US 160 – Reeds Spring, Forsyth||Interchange; north end of freeway|
|21.698||34.920||Route 176 east – Walnut Shade||Southern end of Route 176 overlap|
|22.597||36.366||Route 176 west – Spokane||Northern end of Route 176 overlap|
|Christian||North Galloway Township||32.741||52.692||Route EE west – Highlandville||Interchange; south end of freeway|
US 65 Bus. north / Route F (South Street) – Sparta
|38.295||61.630||Route 14 – Billings, Ava|
|41.513||66.809||Route J west / Route CC east – Air Park South|
US 60 / US 65 Bus. north – Aurora, Seymour
|49.249||79.259||Route D (Sunshine Street)|
US 65 Bus. south (Chestnut Expressway) – Springfield
|Diverging diamond interchange|
|52.284||84.143||Route YY (Division Street) – Downtown Airport|
|53.292||85.765||Route 744 (Kearney Street) – Springfield-Branson National Airport|
|54.079||87.032||I-44 – Joplin, St. Louis|
|North Campbell Township||54.809||88.207||Valley Water Mill Road (County Road 102)||Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of freeway|
|Fair Grove||64.869||104.397||Route 125 east / Route CC west – Fair Grove|
|Dallas||Sheridan Township||70.052||112.738||Route 215 west / Route O east – Olive, Pleasant Hope||Michigan left U-turn intersection|
|Jackson Township||74.162||119.352||Route 38 east / Route TT west – Fair Grove, Marshfield||Michigan left U-turn intersection|
|Buffalo||83.153||133.822||Route 32 – Lebanon, Bolivar|
|85.026||136.836||Route 73 north|
|Louisburg||91.671||147.530||Route 64 east – Lebanon|
|Hickory||Preston||105.306||169.474||US 54 – Jefferson City, Nevada|
|Benton||Fristoe Township||124.044||199.629||Route 7 south – Climax Springs||Southern end of Route 7 overlap|
|Tom Township||128.063||206.097||Route 83 south|
|Warsaw||129.688||208.713||Warsaw (Main Street)||No northbound entrance|
|130.249||209.615||Route 7 north / Route Z west||Northern end of Route 7 overlap|
|131.327||211.350||Truman Dam Access Road|
|Williams Township||146.378||235.573||Route 52 east – Cole Camp||Southern end of Route 52 overlap|
|151.426||243.697||Route 52 west – Windsor||Northern end of Route 52 overlap|
|Pettis||Sedalia||163.315||262.830||US 50 (Broadway Blvd) – Jefferson City, Kansas City, La Monte, Warrensburg, Knob Noster|
|163.912||263.791||Route 765 north (Main Street)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance only|
|Cedar Township||165.752||266.752||Route 765 south (Ohio Avenue) – Downtown Sedalia||Southbound exit and northbound entrance only|
|Saline||Blackwater Township||181.887||292.719||I-70 / US 40 – Kansas City, St. Louis|
US 65 Bus. north
US 65 Bus. south / Route 240 east to Route 41
|Grand Pass Township||204.818||329.623||Route 127 south|
|Lafayette||Waverly||211.213||339.914||US 24 west – Waverly||Southern end of US 24 overlap|
US 65 Bus. north / Route 10 west
US 24 east / US 65 Bus. south
|Northern end of US 24 overlap|
US 36 / Route 110 (CKC) / US 36 Bus. begins
|Southern end of US 36 Business overlap|
US 36 Bus. east
|Northern end of US 36 Business overlap|
|256.428||412.681||Route 190 west|
US 65 Bus. north / Route 6 – Trenton, Milan
US 65 Bus. south
|Mercer||Princeton||299.403||481.842||US 136 east – Unionville||Southern end of US 136 overlap|
|299.731||482.370||US 136 west – Bethany||Northern end of US 136 overlap|
|South Lineville||313.114||503.908||US 65 north – Des Moines||Continuation into Iowa|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Missouri Department of Transportation (December 29, 2014). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
- "MoDOT Southwest District News Release". Modot.org. 2011-08-31. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
- "US Route 65, Missouri". Motorcycle Roads.US. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
- Southwest District Office (November 20, 2011). "Route 248/Route 65 Diverging Diamond Interchange In Branson OPEN to Traffic Sunday Evening, Nov. 20" (Press release). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- Southwest District (November 10, 2012). "Chestnut Expressway/Route 65 Interchange" (Press release). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- Media related to U.S. Route 65 in Missouri at Wikimedia Commons
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