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Ceremony to mark end of $48.4M in highway projects

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The Route 65 four-laning projects between Springfield and Buffalo will come to fruition with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 28 to mark the end of the initiatives that took more than three years to complete, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release.

The total construction cost of the projects was $48.4 million, completed by Columbia-based Emery Sapp and Sons and Topeka, Kan.-based Koss Construction, the release said.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Sept 28 at the Greene and Dallas county line, on Pomme Lane - an outer road west of Route 65 north of the Pomme de Terre River bridge, according to the release.

The section of work between Springfield and Buffalo was completed in July, which now links via four-lane highway the cities of Hollister, Branson, Ozark, Springfield, Fair Grove and Buffalo, the release said.

The completion of a project between Foose and Buffalo in July also saw the end of 35 years of work to four-lane Route 65 on either side of Springfield - between Springfield and the Arkansas state line to the south and between Springfield and Buffalo to the north.

Route 65 in Springfield is currently being expanded to six lanes between I-44 and Route 60. The $27 million project, set to be completed in fall 2011, is contracted by Emery Sapp and Sons, according to Springfield Business Journal coverage.
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