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 six (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

  • Route 39-to-Eastbound-I-44 Ramp CLOSED (Exit 46)


    Lawrence County – The Missouri Route 39-to-eastbound-I-44 ramp (Exit 46) at Mt. Vernon will CLOSE and a work zone reducing traffic to one lane in each direction on the interstate will be extended west from Williams Creek (Mile Marker 49) to the Route...



    Where: Lawrence County Route H under I-44 at Mile Marker 44.3 near Mt. Vernon

    When: 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 30

    What: Route H OPEN under I-44 to traffic following work to increase the clearance under I-44 near Mt. Vernon. Route H to westbound I-44 on...



    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...