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.

U.S. Route 65 marker

U.S. Route 65
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length313.114 mi[1] (503.908 km)
Major junctions
South end US 65 at the Arkansas state line
North end US 65 at the Iowa state line
CountiesTaney, Christian, Greene, Dallas, Hickory, Benton, Pettis, Saline, Lafayette, Carroll, Livingston, Grundy, Mercer
Highway system
Route 64Route 66

Route descriptionEdit

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).

U.S. Route 65 in Springfield

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.[2] 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.

From Buffalo to Preston, entering Hickory County, U.S. 65 remains a two-lane highway and has a four-way intersection with U.S. Route 54.

US 65 southbound from US 36 in Chillicothe

At Warsaw, the highway crosses over the western end of the Lake of the Ozarks and again becomes a four-lane non-interstate highway at the intersection with Route 7.

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.[3]


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.

Major intersectionsEdit

All exits are unnumbered.

TaneyOliver Township0.0000.000  US 65 south – HarrisonContinuation into Arkansas
2.8074.517  Route 86 west – Blue Eye
5.5708.964  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[4]
13.25021.324Bee Creek Road, Branson Hills Parkway
16.14225.978   Route 76 west (Ozark Mountain Highroad) / Route F east – Bull CreekNorth end of Route 76 overlap
Jasper Township18.75630.185  US 160 – Reeds Spring, ForsythInterchange; north end of freeway
21.69834.920  Route 176 east – Walnut ShadeSouthern end of Route 176 overlap
22.59736.366  Route 176 west – SpokaneNorthern end of Route 176 overlap
ChristianNorth Galloway Township32.74152.692  Route EE west – HighlandvilleInterchange; south end of freeway
   US 65 Bus. north / Route F (South Street) – Sparta
38.29561.630  Route 14 – Billings, Ava
41.51366.809   Route J west / Route CC east – Air Park South
GreeneSpringfield43.62270.203Evans Road
   US 60 / US 65 Bus. north – Aurora, Seymour
47.71176.783Battlefield Street
49.24979.259  Route D (Sunshine Street)
  US 65 Bus. south (Chestnut Expressway) – Springfield
Diverging diamond interchange[5]
52.28484.143   Route YY (Division Street) – Downtown Airport
53.29285.765   Route 744 (Kearney Street) – Springfield-Branson National Airport
54.07987.032  I-44 – Joplin, St. Louis
North Campbell Township54.80988.207Valley Water Mill Road (County Road 102)Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of freeway
Fair Grove64.869104.397   Route 125 east / Route CC west – Fair Grove
DallasSheridan Township70.052112.738   Route 215 west / Route O east – Olive, Pleasant HopeMichigan left U-turn intersection
Jackson Township74.162119.352   Route 38 east / Route TT west – Fair Grove, MarshfieldMichigan left U-turn intersection
Buffalo83.153133.822  Route 32 – Lebanon, Bolivar
85.026136.836  Route 73 north
Louisburg91.671147.530  Route 64 east – Lebanon
HickoryPreston105.306169.474  US 54 – Jefferson City, Nevada
BentonFristoe Township124.044199.629  Route 7 south – Climax SpringsSouthern end of Route 7 overlap
Tom Township128.063206.097  Route 83 south
Warsaw129.688208.713Warsaw (Main Street)No northbound entrance
130.249209.615   Route 7 north / Route Z westNorthern end of Route 7 overlap
131.327211.350Truman Dam Access Road
Williams Township146.378235.573  Route 52 east – Cole CampSouthern end of Route 52 overlap
county line
WilliamsFlat Creek
township line
151.426243.697  Route 52 west – WindsorNorthern end of Route 52 overlap
PettisSedalia163.315262.830  US 50 (Broadway Blvd) – Jefferson City, Kansas City, La Monte, Warrensburg, Knob Noster
163.912263.791  Route 765 north (Main Street)Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
Cedar Township165.752266.752  Route 765 south (Ohio Avenue) – Downtown SedaliaSouthbound exit and northbound entrance only
SalineBlackwater Township181.887292.719   I-70 / US 40 – Kansas City, St. Louis
  US 65 Bus. north
193.242310.993  Route 20
    US 65 Bus. south / Route 240 east to Route 41
Grand Pass Township204.818329.623  Route 127 south
LafayetteWaverly211.213339.914  US 24 west – WaverlySouthern 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
256.428412.681  Route 190 west
   US 65 Bus. north / Route 6 – Trenton, Milan
  US 65 Bus. south
MercerPrinceton299.403481.842  US 136 east – UnionvilleSouthern end of US 136 overlap
299.731482.370  US 136 west – BethanyNorthern end of US 136 overlap
South Lineville313.114503.908  US 65 north – Des MoinesContinuation into Iowa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Missouri Department of Transportation (December 29, 2014). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "MoDOT Southwest District News Release". Modot.org. 2011-08-31. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "US Route 65, Missouri". Motorcycle Roads.US. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Southwest District (November 10, 2012). "Chestnut Expressway/Route 65 Interchange" (Press release). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 10, 2012.

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