Here in the Ozarks (Springfield, specifically) we endure highway reconstruction. Hwy 65 (anyone for Branson?) is currently in the middle of a three-year makeover. The section on the east side of town is being changed from four to six lanes. It has not been too bad, but they have had to close down a section of the Galloway Trail that connects to the old 65 bridge across Springfield Lake on the south end of town. This section provided a great way to cycle out of town as these two photos will attest.
It was just my luck that as Jan and I were getting serious about cycling, here comes MODOT and shuts off the trail so they could start work on the highway. Now, about the only way out to the southeast is through Turner’s Station. That route and the Trail has some good climbing, but I liked the trail since it is off road.
A few weeks back I took the opportunity to check out how things were in the middle of all the construction.
After crossing over the highway, I went south on South Brunswick Ave. Until the closing of the Trail, this road was used for the Bass Pro Shops Marathon on its route around Springfield. The road is pretty rough is spots but overall is a good bike route.
Down toward Springfield Lake, the road has been replaced with a narrower, nicely paved walking/cycling path. This shot is looking back up toward Brunswick.
The path goes by the lake which was high that day. Also, the insects were chirpping quite loud that afternoon.
The highway reconstruction involves the building of large fly-overs.
I went as far as being under the Hwy 60 bridge when the path stopped. Construction and the large equipment prevented my proceeding.
I have no good idea when the Trail will reopen, but once it does, we will be using it along with a lot of other people!