U.S. Route 65 in Missouri

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U.S. Route 65 marker

U.S. Route 65
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length 313.114 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
Highway system
Route 64 Route 66

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.

Route description[edit]

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).

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, 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.[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. 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.

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 (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.[3]

History[edit]

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 intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
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
Hollister 8.850 14.243
US 65 Bus. north / Route 165 north – Table Rock Lake
freeway entrance
Branson 11.447 18.422
US 65 Bus. south / Route 76 – Reeds Spring, Forsyth
12.407 19.967
US 65 Bus. south / Route 248 north – Branson, Galena
Diverging diamond interchange[4]
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
Ozark 37.001 59.547
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
Greene Springfield 43.622 70.203 Evans Road
45.541 73.291
US 60 / US 65 Bus. north – Aurora, Seymour
47.711 76.783 Battlefield Street
49.249 79.259 Route D (Sunshine Street)
51.274 82.518
US 65 Bus. south (Chestnut Expressway) – Springfield
Diverging diamond interchange[5]
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
BentonPettis
county line
WilliamsFlat Creek
township line
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
Marshall 190.141 306.002
US 65 Bus. north
193.242 310.993 Route 20
194.015 312.237
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
Carroll Carrollton 220.839 355.406
US 65 Bus. north / Route 10 west
222.526 358.121
US 24 east / US 65 Bus. south
Northern end of US 24 overlap
Livingston Chillicothe 253.257 407.578
US 36 / Route 110 (CKC) / US 36 Bus. begins
Southern end of US 36 Business overlap
253.359 407.742
US 36 Bus. east
Northern end of US 36 Business overlap
256.428 412.681 Route 190 west
Grundy Trenton 276.310 444.678
US 65 Bus. north / Route 6 – Trenton, Milan
277.384 446.406
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 

External links[edit]

U.S. Route 65
Previous state:
Arkansas
Missouri Next state:
Iowa