Counties Impacted
Project Status
In Progress
Route Impacted
Interstate 44

Project Facts:

  • Improve 19 bridges along 30 miles of I-44 between Sarcoxie and Halltown (MM29-58)
    • Replace 13 bridges
    • Rehabilitate seven (6) bridges
  • Existing bridges built as part of original I-44 construction in 1960s
  • Bridges deteriorating and require major work to keep them safe for travel

Construction: Spring 2019-Dec. 15, 2021

Estimated total project cost: $36 million

Traffic Impacts:

  • Lane closings and traffic shifts at bridges under construction
  • At least one lane of I-44 open in each direction at all times
  • Major delays expected at times
  • When needed, I-44 traffic may be diverted to relief/detour routes
  • Big truck urged to find alternate routes

Project Goals

  1. Deliver the project within the programmed budget of $36.1 million

  2. Maximize the service life of all identified bridges within the project limits and deliver an end product that improves  safety and minimizes future maintence

  3. Move traffic through the project in a safe, efficient manner using innovative techniques

  4. Deliver the project using a diverse workforce

  5. Complete the project by December 15, 2021

Project Updates

  • Railroad Drive, Lawrence County Route H to CLOSE as Work


    Lawrence County – Work on the I-44 Project Bridge Rebuild is scheduled to start the week of June 10 when contractor crews CLOSE Railroad Drive (County Road 1147) and Lawrence County Route H between the ramps at I-44 in Mt. Vernon, the Missouri...



    Joplin – A news conference to provide details for a project to improve 19 bridges along an approximately 30-mile stretch of I-44 between Sarcoxie and Halltown is being moved.

    The news conference will now be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the...

  • Highway Commission Selects Team for Project to


    Southwest District – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today selected The ESS Team to improve 19 bridges along an approximately 30-mile stretch of I-44 between Sarcoxie and Halltown.

    To provide details of the project, MoDOT is...