Construction on New I-44/I-49 interchange near Joplin scheduled to begin week of March 2

Posted February 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Work on a new interchange at I-44/I-49 and Prigmor Avenue (Jasper County Road 190) near Joplin is scheduled to begin the week of March 2, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The new interchange will be east of Exit 11 on I-44/I-49 (where I-49 turns south toward Arkansas) and will provide direct access to the Crossroads Business and Distribution Park at Prigmor Avenue north of Hwy. FF.

The interchange project was a major factor in attracting the Blue Buffalo pet food plant to the Crossroads Business and Distribution Park in Joplin.

Traffic Impacts:

*Narrowed lanes on I-44/I-49 for the duration of the project.

*Closing of the current Prigmor Avenue (Jasper County Road 190) bridge during construction of new bridge and interchange over I-44/I-49 later in the

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