The plan to widen one of Ozark’s main arteries has been pushed back in a move to keep cars rolling.
In an effort to minimize possible traffic congestion, driving delays and negative economic impacts within Ozark, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the city of Ozark collectively decided a Jackson Street (Missouri Route 14) widening project will begin construction once the ongoing South Street lane widening project is substantially complete. This decision was made during the planning phase of the project in 2017.
In December 2018, contractors began a project to widen South Street, or Business Highway 14, in Ozark. However, in January 2019, MoDOT announced the estimated completion date for that project was pushed back from November 2019 to the spring or summer of 2020. The delay occurred because of unplanned complications with identifying and relocating utilities along South Street.
Jackson Street will eventually be widened to five lanes from North 16th Street, located near the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Long John Silver’s and Mexican Villa El Taco restaurants in Ozark, all the way east to the Finley River Bridge.
To that end, the start of the Jackson Street project has been rescheduled for the spring or summer of 2020 with completion scheduled for late 2021.
MoDOT and the city of Ozark are financial partners on intersection improvements at South Street at Selmore Road/Third Street and Jackson Street at State Route NN, which are included within the lane widening projects.
The intersection projects are being funded with a 2017 voter-approved 3/8-cent sales tax.
More information about the start of the Jackson Street widening project will be announced in spring 2020 when a contractor is hired to construct the project.
Jackson Street project highlights:
-Widen Jackson Street (Route 14) to five lanes between 16th Street and the Finley River bridge
-Widen intersection of Jackson Street/Route NN/10th Street and relocate 10th Street to become the south leg of the intersection
-Install new storm drains and add curb and gutter along Jackson Street
-Construction: Spring/summer 2020 until late 2021
-Estimated total cost: $9.3 million
South Street Project highlights:
-Widen South Street (Business 65) to five lanes between 19th Street and South Sixth Avenue
-Widen intersection of South Street/Selmore Road/Third Street by adding dual turn lanes from northbound Selmore Road to westbound South Street and from southbound Third Street to eastbound South Street and adding two eastbound and two westbound through lanes
-Install new storm drains and add curb and gutter along South Street
-Build sidewalks in areas along South Street
-Construction: December 2018 until spring 2020
-Estimated total project cost: $8.5 million
-Prime contractor: Hartman and Company, Inc. of Springfield