Counties Impacted
Project Status
In Progress
Route Impacted

Interstate 44 Phelps/Crawford County Improvements

Beginning in April 2022,  over 50 miles of Interstate 44 in Phelps and Crawford counties will undergo several improvements (see list below). The work will take place through 2023. 


Project Details

This project started in April 2022. It is scheduled to be complete by 2024. 

The contract for the project was awarded for $54,613,403. 

Work Taking Place
This project will involve several phases:

  • Resurfacing of the eastbound and westbound lanes between Sugar Tree Road west of Rolla and Route F west of Cuba.
  • Reconstruction of pavement in the eastbound lanes between Rolla and St. James.
  • Rehabilitation of the bridges over the Bourbouse River Branch west of St. James.
  • Culvert extension at the East Fork of Little Beaver Creek west of Rolla.

Traffic Impact:
Nighttime lane closures for westbound shoulder reconstruction and asphalt resurfacing. Long-term lane closures for bridge rehab work and concrete overlay replacement. Concrete barriers will be in place to separate traffic from the work area during the concrete overlay replacement.

Two lanes in each direction will be maintained for duration of eastbound reconstruction, but lane widths will be reduced, and alignment will eventually be shifted. 

Project Milestones

Contract Awarded
December 1, 2021

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the contract for the project to Emery Sapp and Sons, which submitted the low bid of $54,613,403.

Rehabilitation of the Bourbouse River Bridges
Concrete Pavement Repair and Replacement
In the westbound lanes between Rolla and the Sugar Tree Road exit (mile marker 176).
In Progress
Reconstruction of Westbound Shoulder

Work is taking place between St, James (mile marker 194) and Rolla (mile marker 186), between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

In Progress
Guardrail Installation

Various locations. Nighttime work. 

Not Started
Culvert Extension at the East Fork of Little Beaver Creek
Start Date TBD
Project Completion
July, 2024

Project News & Updates

  • Multiple Work Zones to Impact Interstate 44 In August


    JEFFERSON CITY – Motorists traveling through the central part of the state on Interstate 44 will experience lane closures and significant delays during the month of August, as multiple work zones are in place.

    “We are asking anyone who might utilize...