Occasional Lane Closures on EB I-44 as Bridge Replacement Project Begins Jan. 16 East of Marshfield

Webster County – Drivers should expect occasional lane closures on eastbound I-44 east of Marshfield as a project to replace bridges over the Niangua River and Sarah Branch in Webster County begins the week of January 16, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Contractor crews will close one lane in each direction on I-44 over Sarah Branch, at Mile Marker 108, 5 a.m.-10 a.m., Monday, January 16, to locate utilities ahead of construction of the new bridge.

Weather and/or construction delays could alter the work schedule.

The contractor also will begin work at this time replacing the westbound I-44 bridge over the Niangua River near Mile Marker 106. That work will be primarily in the median and will have little impact on traffic.

Drivers may encounter occasional lane closures during the duration of this work as construction crews, equipment and materials arrive at and leave the area.

Work on the bridges over the Niangua River and Sarah Branch is scheduled to be completed by late November 2023.

This work is part of a three-year project, known as the I-44 Corridor Bridge Bundle, to improve 25 bridges within 15 miles of I-44 across the Southwest District. Of the 25 bridges in the project, seven (7) are mainline I-44 bridges, five (5) are I-44 overpass bridges and the remaining bridges are on adjacent routes over various features. Sixteen (16) bridges will be replaced and nine (9) bridges will receive major rehabilitation work.

More information about this project can be found on the project website – I-44 Corridor Bridge Bundle.

Project Details:

  • Prime Contractor – The ESS Team
    • Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. – Columbia
    • Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. – St. Louis
  • Total Project Cost: $43.2 million
  • Contract Completion Date: September 30, 2024

The ESS Team is a partnership of engineering and construction firms that will design and construct the project with oversight by MoDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.


(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest)

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