U.S. Route 65 in Missouri

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U.S. Route 65

US 65 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length313.114 mi[1] (503.908 km)
Major junctions
South end US 65 at the Arkansas state line
Major intersections
North end US 65 at the Iowa state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesTaney, Christian, Greene, Dallas, Hickory, Benton, Pettis, Saline, Lafayette, Carroll, Livingston, Grundy, Mercer
Highway system
Route 64 US 66

U.S. Route 65 (US 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

US 65 enters Missouri between the towns of Omaha, Arkansas and Ridgedale, Missouri. The road is a four-lane expressway, traveling through both Branson and Hollister towards Springfield. Through the Branson area, it is a freeway. North of Branson, the highway intersections with both westbound Route 76 (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).

US 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, named in honor of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Also in Springfield, the highway has junctions with U.S. Route 60 (also known as James River Freeway) and Interstate 44 (I-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. In September 2011, U.S. 65 became a six-lane divided freeway in Springfield between Interstate 44 and U.S. 60. It was 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. The project was completed in summer 2010.

Through Buffalo, the highway now becomes two lanes with a center left-turn lane. This part of the highway has also seen upgrades in recent years, such as adding rumble strips and extending the middle turn lanes to just outside the city's northern portion.

From Buffalo to Preston, entering Hickory County, U.S. 65 remains a two-lane highway and has a four-way intersection with U.S. Route 54. U.S. 65 shares a concurrency with Route 7 before entering Warsaw, where 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 where it separates from Route 7. After leaving Warsaw, U.S. 65 passes through Lincoln then has a brief concurrency with Route 52.

US 65 at its junction with US 50 in Sedalia
US 65 southbound from US 36 in Chillicothe

At Sedalia (where it is called Limit Avenue), it has an intersection with U.S. Route 50 (known locally as Broadway Blvd). At Marshall Junction, north of Sedalia in Saline County, U.S. 65 intersects with both Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40. In Marshall (where it is called Lexington, Ave), U.S. 65 returns to two-lanes and stays so all the way up to Iowa. At Waverly, the highway becomes concurrent with U.S. Route 24 (which continues to Carrollton). Also in Waverly, U.S. 65 and U.S. 24 both 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 entirely of US 65 in Missouri is part of the National Highway System.[3]


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

All exits are unnumbered.

TaneyOliver Township0.0000.000
US 65 south – Harrison
Continuation into Arkansas
2.8074.517 Route 86 – Blue Eye
5.5708.964 Route 265
US 65 Bus. / CR 165 – Hollister
South end of freeway; southern terminus of US 65 Bus./CR 165; former Route 165. Access to Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, Historic Downtown Hollister, and College of the Ozarks, Table Rock State Park, and Table Rock Lake.
Lake TaneycomoBridge
Route 76 / US 65 Bus. (Main Street) / Seventy-six Country Boulevard
South end of Route 76 overlap; northern terminus of US 65 Bus.; Seventy-six Country Blvd. is former Route 76 west. Access to Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater, Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake, and Historic Downtown Branson.
12.40719.967 Route 248 / Red Route / CR 165 (Shepherd of the Hills Expressway) / Branson Landing BoulevardDiverging diamond interchange;[4] eastern terminus of Route 248; northern terminus of CR 165. Access to Cox Medical Center - Branson.
13.25021.324Branson Hills Parkway / Bee Creek Road
Branson Township16.14225.978 Route 76 (Ozark Mountain Highroad) / Route FNorth end of Route 76 overlap; Ozark Mountain Highroad is former Route 465. Access to Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater, and Table Rock Lake.
Jasper Township18.75630.185 US 160 – Reeds Spring, ForsythNorth end of freeway. Access to Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake.
Route 176 east – Rockaway Beach
Southern end of Route 176 overlap
Route 176 west
Northern end of Route 176 overlap
ChristianNorth Galloway Township32.74152.692 Route EE – HighlandvilleSouth end of freeway
US 65 Bus. / Route F (South Street) – Sparta
Route 14 / US 65 Bus. (Jackson Street) – Nixa
Access to Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
41.51366.809 Route J / Route CC – Fremont Hills
GreeneSpringfield43.62270.203Evans RoadAccess to Missouri Veterans Cemetery
US 60 / US 65 Bus. (James River Freeway) – Cabool
Access to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and Springfield-Branson National Airport
47.71176.783Battlefield StreetAccess to Battlefield Mall
49.24979.259 Route D (Sunshine Street)Access to Mercy Hospital and Bass Pro Shops
US 65 Bus. (Chestnut Expressway)
Diverging diamond interchange[5]
Access to Downtown Springfield, Missouri State University, Drury University, and Ozarks Technical Community College
52.28484.143 Route YY (Division Street)Access to Evangel University and Cox College
53.29285.765 Route 744 (Kearney Street)Former US 66. Access to Southwest Regional Conservation Office, MoDot Southwest District Office, and Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters.
54.07987.032 I-44 – Joplin, St. LouisSeparate exits southbound; serves Springfield-Branson National Airport exits 82A-B
North Campbell Township54.80988.207County Road No. 102North end of freeway; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Fair Grove64.869104.397 Route 125 / Route CC – Fair GroveInterchange
DallasSheridan Township70.052112.738 Route 215 / Route O – Olive, Pleasant HopeMichigan left U-turn intersections
Jackson Township74.162119.352 Route 38 / Route TT – Marshfield
Buffalo83.153133.822 Route 32 (Dallas Street) – Lebanon, Bolivar
Route 73 north – Tunas
Louisburg91.671147.530 Route 64 – Pittsburg, Bennett SpringsAccess to Pomme de Terre Lake and Bennett Spring State Park
99.136159.544 Route NN – NemoAccess to Pomme de Terre State Park
HickoryPreston105.306169.474 US 54 – Hermitage, Macks CreekAccess to Lake of the Ozarks and Pomme de Terre Lake
BentonFristoe Township124.044199.629 Route 7 – EdwardsSouthern end of Route 7 overlap
White Branch128.063206.097
Route 83 south – White Branch
South end of expressway
Lake of the OzarksBridge over the Osage River arm
Warsaw129.688208.713WarsawNo direct northbound entrance
Route 7 north – Warsaw, Clinton
Northern end of Route 7 overlap. Access to Harry S Truman State Park.
131.327211.350Truman Dam Access RoadNorth end of expressway. Access to Lost Valley Fish Hatchery and Truman Dam Visitor Center.
Williams Township146.378235.573
Route 52 east – Cole Camp
Interchange; southern end of Route 52 overlap
county line
WilliamsFlat Creek
township line
Route 52 west – Windsor
Northern end of Route 52 overlap
PettisSedalia163.315262.830 US 50 (Broadway Blvd) – La Monte, Whiteman Air Force BaseAccess to Bothwell Hospital
Route 765 east – Business District
Interchange; clockwise terminus of Route 765; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Cedar Township165.752266.752
Route 765 south – Business District
Counterclockwise terminus of Route 765; no direct southbound entrance
SalineMarshall Junction181.887292.719
I-70 / US 40 east – St. Louis
Cloverleaf interchange; I-70 exits 78A-B

I-70 / US 40 west – Kansas City

US 65 Bus. north
193.242310.993 Route 20 (W. Arrow St.) – Blackburn, Marshall

US 65 Bus. south / Route 240 east / Lewis and Clark Trail / Santa Fe National Historic Trail to Route 41 – Slater
Grand Pass Township204.818329.623
Route 127 south – Mount Leonard, Sweet Springs
US 24 west / Lewis and Clark Trail / Santa Fe National Historic Trail – Waverly
Southern end of US 24 overlap
Missouri RiverNew Waverly Bridge (replaced old Waverly Bridge in 2004)

US 65 Bus. north / Route 10 west / Lewis and Clark Trail – Carrollton, Richmond

US 24 east / US 65 Bus. south / Lewis and Clark Trail – Carrollton, Moberly
Northern end of US 24 overlap
US 36 / Route 110 (CKC) – Brookfield, Hamilton

US 36 Bus. begins
Interchange with the CKC; southern end of US 36 Bus. overlap

US 36 Bus. east
Northern end of US 36 Bus. overlap
Route 190 west

US 65 Bus. north / Route 6 – Trenton, Milan

US 65 Bus. south
US 136 east – Unionville
Southern end of US 136 overlap
US 136 west – Bethany
Northern end of US 136 overlap
South Lineville313.114503.908
US 65 north – Lineville
Continuation into Iowa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  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. ^ "National Highway System Maps | Missouri Department of Transportation". www.modot.org. Retrieved 2023-03-28.
  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.

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