Prepare for some headaches if you take 249 while passing by Joplin. The northbound bridge over 17th Street will close next Monday (July 22) for about a month around the clock while MoDot crews make improvements to the bridge approach.
You’ll be directed to use a signed detour of Zora Street (Route VV ) east to Prosperity Avenue (Jasper County Route AA) north to Jasper County Route HH.
This work is part of a larger project to improve the approaches to several bridges on Route 249 between Missouri Route 171 and 20th Street in Joplin.
Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.