Traffic Delays Expected on I-44 at Shoal Creek (MM 6) in Joplin

When a Bridge Rehabilitation Project Begins Week of Feb. 24

Joplin – Drivers using I-44 in Joplin can expect delays and lane closings when a project to rehabilitate both bridges over Shoal Creek near Mile Marker 6 begins the week of February 24, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.


Contractor crews will remove the bridge deck/driving surface and replace it, beginning with the westbound bridge.

Traffic impacts:

  • Beginning the week of February 24, drivers will see contractor crews bringing in equipment, setting work zone signs and completing preparation on the project with little impact to traffic with occasional closures on Glendale Boulevard while contractor crews work under the bridges
  • The week of March 18, contractor crews will close one westbound lane of I-44 ‘round the clock
  • One lane of traffic will be open at all times in the area where crews are working
  • Once the both lanes of the westbound bridge are completed, contractor crews will move to the eastbound bridge, likely sometime in mid- to late July
  • Motorists can expect significant traffic delays and a reduced speed limit of 60 mph through the work zone
  • Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction and possible traffic delays
  • The contractor will work Monday through Friday. Some work may occur on weekends

Weather and/or unforeseen delays will alter the work schedule.

Project information:

  • Prime contractor: Capital Paving & Construction LLC, Jefferson City
  • Total project cost: $3.5 million
  • Contract completion date: Dec. 15, 2019


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