TRAFFIC ALERT: New Traffic Pattern Coming to I-44 Near Mile Marker 41 Beginning Week of April 24

What: Traffic will remain one lane in each direction, but will shift to outside lanes while crews replace bridges over Freistatt Branch

When: Beginning week of April 24 and remaining in this pattern until completion of the project, sometime in mid- to late June

Traffic Impacts:

  • I-44 will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction west of Mt. Vernon near Mile Marker 41 until completion of the project, sometime in mid- to late June
  • Drivers should expect slowed traffic, traffic delays
  • Crews and large equipment near traffic
  • Speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph through work zone
  • Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching the work zone
  • Drivers should consider alternate routes during the project
  • Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for road closings/traffic impacts

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

This work is part of a three-year project to improve 25 bridges within 15 miles of I-44 across the Southwest District. Of the 25 bridges in the project, known as the I-44 Corridor Bridge Bundle, 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 here: I-44 Corridor Bridge Bundle Design-Build Project | Missouri Department of Transportation (

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. 


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