Major bridge projects in the planning phase in MO

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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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