One week from today (Tuesday), Lawrence County Route H will close temporarily at night underneath I-44 in Mount Vernon so crews can remove the westbound bridge so it can be replaced. The closure should only take two nights. This is part of a larger project to fix or replace 19 bridges along a 30-mile stretch of I-44 between Sarcoxie and Halltown.
Where: Lawrence County Route H underneath I-44 (Mile Marker 44.3) in Mount Vernon
When: 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 7-8. Route H open during daytime hours
What: Contractor crews removing westbound I-44 bridge over Route H to replace it with a new bridge
- Route H CLOSED at night to all traffic. Roadway OPEN during daytime hours
- No detour route is planned
- Drivers can get to entrances and roadways on either side of the closing, but will not be able to travel on Route H underneath I-44
Weather and/or unforeseen delays will alter the work schedule.
Project Details: This work is part of the larger I-44 Project Bridge Rebuild that will improve 19 bridges along an approximately 30-mile stretch of I-44 between Sarcoxie and Halltown. Thirteen (13) bridges will be replaced and six (6) bridges will receive major rehabilitation work as part the project.
Completion date for the $36 million project is December 15, 2021, however, the contractor has set a goal to have all major bridge work completed by the end of 2020.
Anyone interested in the project, or who would like to receive regular e-updates during construction, can visit the project website – I-44 Project Bridge Rebuild.