(Joplin, MO) – Drivers should look for alternate routes when the Range Line Road (Business Loop 49) bridge over the Kansas City Southern Railroad closes beginning the week of September 6, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
This bridge is included in Governor Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
Originally scheduled to begin in mid-July, work on this bridge was delayed due to construction scheduling issues.
Contractor crews will remove the current bridge and replace it with a new structure that will be two feet higher and 15 feet wider than the current one. The contractor also will construct new sidewalks on either side of the bridge.
The current structure was built in 1976 and is experiencing increasing deterioration. Approximately 24,580 vehicles cross the bridge daily.
- All lanes of Range Line Road (Business Loop 49) over the railroad tracks will be closed for the duration of the project.
- Drives will have access to entrances on either end of the bridge, but will not be able to drive through the work zone.
- Drives will be directed along a signed detour using 32nd Street (Jasper County, Route FF), Missouri Route 249, 7th Street (Missouri Route 66), and I-44.
- Signs and message boards will alert drives to the bridge closing.
- Please note there will be no left turns from 32nd Street onto Davis Boulevard during the construction project.
- Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map here for road closings/traffic impacts.
Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.
MoDOT Southwest District