Major bridge projects in the planning phase in MO


Several major bridge projects are in the planning phases for Jasper, Newton and Lawrence Counties.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say the “I-44 Project Rebuild” proposes 31 bridges on the I-44 corridor, to be either completely replaced or fixed-up. Six of those bridges must be replaced due to major deterioration. Route 249, Route 66, Route U, and several county roads that cross over I-44,  from Rangeline Road in Joplin to Mt. Vernon, are on the list.

The department has not decided on a design and build team, but is down to four finalists. The contractor must stay within a $36 million dollar budget and complete the project by December of 2021. Officials say they hope construction could begin as soon as this spring or summer.

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