The Branson Tri-Lakes News has previously published a story about the upcoming road-name changes involving Missouri 76; however, it seems appropriate to include this reminder from the Missouri Department of Transportation, including a map.
In addition, motorists might see state workers posting the new street signs around town.
The following is a press release from MoDOT issued on Dec. 2:
By March 2020, Missouri Route 76 will travel over the Ozark Mountain Highroad (Missouri Route 465) and over a section of U.S. Route 65 in the Branson area, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
Work to change the signing for Route 76 will begin the week of Dec. 9 and will last until late March 2020.
Most of the work will take place away from traffic. However, lane closings may be needed during lower traffic volume times.
The route designation change for Route 76 is a result of the city of Branson taking over the ownership and maintenance of Route 76 between Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Route 65 in Branson. The roadway has been designated as 76 Country Boulevard and no longer carries the Missouri Route 76 designation.
Here’s a look at the route changes in the Branson area:
–Route 76 will travel east and west between the Ozark Mountain Highroad interchange west of Branson and Route 65 north of Branson. It will continue north and south on Route 65 between the Ozark Mountain Highroad interchange and the Route 76 interchange in Branson.
–The Ozark Mountain Highroad will no longer carry the Missouri Route 465 designation, instead will be known as Missouri Route 76
–Missouri Route 376 will be extended between Shepherd of the Hills Expressway west along old Route 76 to the Ozark Mountain Highroad interchange west of Branson.
–Route 76 between Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Route 65 becomes 76 Country Boulevard and is owned and maintained by the city of Branson.
James H. Drew Corporation of Indianapolis, Ind. is the prime contractor for the signing changes.
The total estimated cost of the project is $657,000.
The project is scheduled for overall completion by mid-May 2020.
Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.