Drivers who regularly travel through southern Ozark will soon be traveling down wider roads.

Nov. 2, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission announced a bid award for a project to widen South Street, also known as Business Highway 65, in 2019. The winning bid of $4.8 million went to Hartman and Company of Springfield.

Construction crews will widen South Street to five lanes from 19th Street all the way east to Sixth Avenue. They will also widen the intersection of South Street and Selmore Road to add turn lanes for northbound and southbound traffic.

South 19th Street is a north/south street just east of the Business 65/U.S. Highway 65 interchange. It is commonly used by drivers accessing Walmart, Lowe’s and all of the surrounding businesses off the interchange.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, work could begin in late 2018. It is expected to last into the fall of 2019. There will be lane closures and traffic shifts, and the potential for the entrances to homes and businesses to temporarily close as the work progresses.

The project scope also calls for new sidewalks to be added to some areas along South Street and for new storm drains, curb and gutter.

The project is cost-sharing partnership between the city of Ozark and MoDOT. 

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