JOPLIN, Mo. — The public is invited to a virtual (online) public meeting to learn more about a project to replace the Business Loop 49 (Range Line Road)/Kansas City Southern Railroad bridge in Joplin.

Reminder: The Virtual Meeting Is Now Available To View And Submit Comments.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. In fact, it was at this very bridge that the Governor introduced his plan to the state in February of 2019 as he visited the bridge.

The meeting will be available until Monday, December 27, and can be accessed by clicking here.

The public is invited to make comments and/or ask questions about the plan to replace the bridge in Joplin before Dec. 27.

The bridge over the KCS tracks will close. There will still be access to businesses on the north and south immediately at their entrances or as close as possible.

  • The new bridge is two feet higher
  • The new bridge is 15 feet wider
  • The new bridge is 27 feet shorter
  • The new bridge will have sidewalks on both sides

The current bridge was rebuilt in 1976 and carries approximately 24,580 vehicles per day. It will be replaced beginning in Spring 2022 and reopen to traffic by early November 2022. The estimated cost of the project is $6.8 million.

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