U.S. Route 65 in Missouri
|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|
U.S. Route 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.
US 65 enters Missouri between Omaha, Arkansas and Ridgedale, Missouri. The road is a four-lane expressway, traveling through Branson and Hollister toward the Springfield metro area. Through the Branson area, it is built as a freeway. North of Branson, there is an interchange with Route 465 (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, in honor of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. In Springfield, there are junctions with U.S. Route 60 and Interstate 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 (also known as the James River Freeway). In September 2011, U.S. 65 became a six-lane divided freeway in Springfield between Interstate 44 and U.S. 60. It is 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. It was completed in summer 2010.
Through Buffalo, the highway becomes two lanes with a center lane for left turns. This part of the highway has also seen upgrades in recent years, such as adding rumble strips and extending the middle turn lane to just outside the northern portion of the city.
From Buffalo to Preston, U.S. 65 is still a two-lane highway and has a four-way intersection with U.S. Route 54.
At Sedalia (where it is called Limit Avenue), it has an intersection with U.S. Route 50 (Broadway Blvd) and at Marshall Junction, there is one with Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40. In Marshall, U.S. 65 is back to being a two-lane highway and stays so all the way up to Iowa. At Waverly is the beginning of a concurrency with U.S. Route 24 (which continues to Carrollton). Also in Waverly, U.S. 65 and U.S. 24 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
US 65 Bus. south / Route 76 – Reeds Spring, Forsyth
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 465 west (Ozark Mountain Highroad) / Route F east – Bull Creek|
|Jasper Township||18.756||30.185||US 160 – Reeds Spring, Forsyth||freeway exit|
|21.698||34.920||Route 176 south – Walnut Shade||Southern end of Route 176 overlap|
|22.597||36.366||Route 176 north – 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 Mills 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||North 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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