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Proposed I-44 bridge improvement project moving forward

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected The ESS Team to improve 19 bridges along an approximately 30-mile stretch of I-44 between Sarcoxie and Halltown. Read the full press release below:

Many of these bridges are original to the construction of I-44 in the 1960s and have deteriorated to the point where major work must be done to keep the bridges safe for travel.

The project is in line with Governor Mike Parson’s commitment to focus on taking care of Missouri’s vital infrastructure.

There are approximately 10,400 bridges on the state’s highway system. More than 900 of them are rated as “poor” by the Federal Highway Administration.

Four teams vied for the opportunity to design and build I-44 Project Bridge Rebuild, as it’s being called. Twelve (12) bridges will be replaced and seven (7) bridges will receive major rehabilitation work between Mile Marker 29 near Sarcoxie and Lawrence County Route Z (Mile Marker 58) near Halltown.

The ESS Team is a partnership of engineering and construction firms that will design and construct the project with oversight by MoDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.

Construction of the $36 million project is scheduled to begin in late spring or early summer of 2019 with completion in December 2021.

MoDOT is hosting a news conference at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Joplin Public Library for more details.

Click here to see more about the project

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