I-44 and Main Street, falling concrete closes some roadways, detours traffic

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*** MODOT UPDATE*** **ALL TRAFFIC **ALL LANES OPENED AT 4 p.m. THURSDAY ##

*** MODOT UPDATE*** **ALL TRAFFIC **ALL LANES OPENED AT 4 p.m. THURSDAY ##

JOPLIN, Mo. – The early morning hours of Thursday reports of chunks of concrete falling from beneath the westbound bridge span of I-44 falling onto South Main Street has closed some roadways at that interchange delaying traffic making travel through that area difficult.

BREAKING ⚠️ TRAFFIC ALERT: AVOID I-44 AND SOUTH MAIN, SOME ROADWAYS CLOSED DUE TO FALLING DEBRIS >> BIT.ly/3jKKGXA ***…

Posted by Joplin News First on Thursday, October 28, 2021

Where: Westbound I-44 over Missouri Route 43 (Main Street) in Joplin
When: TFN
What: Westbound I-44 bridge reduced to one lane over Route 43 to allow MoDOT crews to repair bridge deck/driving surface

Traffic Impacts:
• Westbound I-44 bridge over Route 43 reduced to one lane
• Westbound I-44 traffic shifted to left lane
• Southbound Route 43 reduced to one lane under I-44 bridge
• Southbound Route 43 traffic shifted to right lane
⏩ Drivers should expect delays
⏩ Drivers urged to find alternate route


*** EARLIER INFORMATION ***

***TRAFFIC ALERT*** Please avoid the area of I-44 and Main Street. Due to the bridge being damaged, westbound traffic…

Posted by Joplin Police Department on Thursday, October 28, 2021

Please avoid the area of I-44 and Main Street. Due to the bridge being damaged, westbound traffic is being forced to exit at Main St.

  • Southbound traffic on Main St is also closed.
  • Traveling to Mercy Hospital, must use:
    • Glendale,
    • 44th Street
    • 50th Street

This area will remain closed until the bridge can be inspected by MODOT.

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