Interstate 49 in Missouri
|Maintained by MoDOT|
|Length:||178.717 mi (287.617 km)|
|Existed:||December 12, 2012 – present|
|South end:||US 71 in Pineville|
|I-44 in Joplin|
|North end:||I-435 / I-470 / US 50 / US 71 in Kansas City|
Interstate 49 (I-49) is the designation of the Interstate Highway System in the U.S. state of Missouri that took effect at noon on December 12, 2012. It overlaps US-71 in the western part of the state, beginning at Pineville, just a few miles north of the Arkansas state line, and ending at Interstates 435 and 470 on the southeast side of Kansas City.
Interstate 49 is planned to extend south into Arkansas upon completion of a bypass of Bella Vista, Arkansas, connecting to the new northern Arkansas segment of I-49 (formerly part of I-540 to Fort Smith). Eventually, the highway is intended to connect with Interstate 49 in Louisiana, connecting Kansas City to Texarkana, Shreveport, and Lafayette, Louisiana.
Interstate 49 begins in Pineville, Missouri. It passes through many smaller communities before reaching Joplin. In Joplin, I-49 interchanges with Interstate 44 and begins a short concurrency from I-44 exits 11 through 18.
Just a few miles east of Joplin, I-49 leaves I-44 and heads north and enters Carthage. I-49 then passes through Nevada and other communities before reaching the Kansas City area. I-49 intersects with I-435, which provides connections to Des Moines, Iowa, the Twin Cities, Duluth, Minnesota, and Lake Superior via Interstate 35, and to Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba via Interstate 29.
In south Kansas City, at Bannister Road just north of the Grandview Triangle, the I-49 designation ends, and the expressway continues as US 71, which proceeds into downtown Kansas City as Bruce R. Watkins Memorial Drive.
Arkansas and Missouri pursued an I-49 designation for US-71 and I-540 for a number of years. In the early 2000s, there were plans by both states to rename the roadway as such between I-44 west of Joplin and I-40 at Fort Smith once new roadway had been completed around Bella Vista, Arkansas and north to Pineville, Missouri. However, the AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbers and Interstate Highways denied the I-49 designation at their annual meeting in September 2007 because none of the new roadway was under construction.
The I-49 upgrade involved removing all at-grade intersections and constructing interchanges and overpasses at fifteen sites between Harrisonville and Lamar. The two-year project represented a shift in funding priorities for MoDOT which in 2007, had announced the indefinite postponement of its portion of the Bella Vista bypass project, citing a $139-million dollar funding gap in Arkansas between construction costs and toll revenues, and Arkansas' commitment to only a two-lane bypass constructed over six years. MoDOT announced the Joplin-to-Kansas City upgrade of US 71 in August 2010, to be done with the intention of bringing the I-49 designation to Missouri.
MoDOT began installing I-49 trailblazer signage (without shields) plus gantry signs and mile markers, about 1200 signs in all, in February 2012. Signage bearing I-49 shields were covered or turned from view until the I-49 designation was given final approval by FHWA. This includes mile markers at 0.2-mile intervals along the entire alignment apart from Interstate 44.
The Interstate 49 designation in Missouri became official at noon on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The designation applies to 180 miles of current US-71 between Bannister Road (Route W) in south Kansas City and Route H at Pineville, Missouri (McDonald County) which was upgraded to Interstate standards beginning in 2010. The last of the upgrade projects were completed in December 2012, but some designations about 7 miles north of the Arkansas state line still have not been built to meet interstate standards.
Update May 23rd, 2014 The Bella Vista Bypass is expected to open in 2018. Missouri Future I-49 Southern Terminus is at MO Route 90 in Pineville.
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|McDonald||Pineville||0.000||0.000||US 71 continues south toward Bella Vista, AR|
|0.724||1.165||5||Route H – Pineville, Noel||Current Southern Terminus|
|2.558||4.117||7||Route EE – Lanagan|
|Anderson||5.690||9.157||10||Route 76 – Anderson|
US 71 Bus. / Route 59 – Anderson, Goodman
|Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Goodman||11.954||19.238||17||Route B / Route C – Goodman|
|Newton||15.486||24.922||20||I-49 Bus. / Route AA|
|Neosho||19.042||30.645||24||US 60 – Seneca, Neosho|
|22.058||35.499||27||I-49 Bus. / Route 86 – Racine, Neosho|
|28.059||45.157||33||I-49 Bus. / Route 175 south – Neosho|
|30.080||48.409||35||Route V – Diamond||George Washington Carver National Monument|
|Joplin||34.089||54.861||39A||Route FF (32nd Street)|
|Jasper||34.238||55.101||39B–C||I-44 west / Route 249 north – Tulsa, Joplin||South end of I-44 overlap|
|38.061||61.253||15||I-44 Bus. / Route 66 west – Duenweg||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|41.054||66.070||18A–B||I-44 east / Route 59 south – Springfield, Diamond||North end of I-44 overlap|
|Carthage||44.887||72.239||49||Route 571 north (Garrison Avenue)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|45.682||73.518||50||Route HH (Fir Road) – Carterville|
|48.511||78.071||53||I-49 Bus. south / Route 96 (Central Avenue) / Route 171 north / Route 571 south – Webb City|
|50.580||81.401||55||Civil War Road|
|Kendricktown||51.656||83.132||56||Route V / Route D (Garrison Avenue) – Alba||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|58.050||93.422||63||Route M / Route N|
|Jasper||61.252||98.576||66||Route H / Route K – Jasper|
|Barton||65.425||105.291||70||Route 126 – Golden City, Pittsburg|
|74||30th Road||Opened November 2013|
|Lamar||72.006||115.882||77||US 160 – Mindenmines, Lamar|
|75.538||121.567||80||Route DD / Route EE|
|Irwin||78.554||126.420||83||Route C / Route V – Irwin|
|Vernon||Sheldon||83.777||134.826||88||Route B / Route N – Bronaugh, Sheldon|
|86.800||139.691||91||Route BB / Route DD – Bellamy|
|90.785||146.104||95||Route E – Milo|
|Nevada||96.121||154.692||101||I-49 Bus. north / Route K – Nevada, Camp Clark|
|97.218||156.457||102A||US 54 – Nevada, El Dorado Springs|
|102B||I-49 Bus. south – Nevada||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|101.998||164.150||107||Route M – Compton Junction|
|105.330||169.512||110||Route D – Stotesbury|
|Bates||Rich Hill||115.709||186.216||120||Route A / Route B – Rich Hill, Osceola|
|124.273||199.998||129||Route 52 east – Appleton City||South end of Route 52 overlap|
|Butler||125.529||202.019||130||I-49 Bus. north – Butler||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|126.887||204.205||131||Route 52 west – Amoret, Butler||North end of Route 52 overlap|
|131.583||211.762||136||I-49 Bus. south / Route D / Route F – Passaic|
|Adrian||136.630||219.885||141||Route 18 – Adrian, Clinton|
|139.151||223.942||144||Route AA / Route E|
|Cass||Archie||142.523||229.369||147||Route A / Route B – Archie, Drexel|
|Harrisonville||152.189||244.924||157||Route 7 south – Clinton||South end of Route 7 overlap|
|152.358||245.196||158||Route 2 east (Commercial Street)||South end of Route 2 overlap|
|154.922||249.323||159||Route 2 west / Route 7 north (Wall Street)||North end of Route 2/Route 7 overlap|
|155.478||250.218||160||Route 291 north – Harrisonville, Lee's Summit|
|Peculiar||162.219||261.066||167||Route C / Route J – Peculiar|
|168||211th Street||Coming in Spring 2015|
|167.211||269.100||172||North Cass Parkway|
|Belton||174||Route 58 – Belton, Raymore|
|169.162||272.240||175||Route Y / 163rd Street|
|175.483||282.413||180||Truman Drive||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|176.260||283.663||181||Blue Ridge Boulevard, Hickman Mills Drive, Longview Road|
|Kansas City||177.406||285.507||182||Red Bridge Road||Includes Longview Road southbound|
|178.034||286.518||183||I-435 east / I-470 / US 50 – Wichita, Kansas, Lee's Summit||Signed northern end of I-49|
|178.553||287.353||184||I-435 north – Des Moines||No southbound exit to I-435 north|
|185||Route W / Bannister Road||To I-435 Northbound|
|178.717||287.617||186||85th Street / 87th Street / Blue River Road|
|187A||75th Street||Currently signed as exit 187|
|Temporary gap of I-49, US 71 continues north|
|187B||Gregory Boulevard||Expected to open in 2015|
|Temporary gap of I-49, US 71 continues south|
|188||East Meyer Boulevard / 63rd Street|
|Temporary gap of I-49, US 71 continues north|
|189||55th Street||Expected to open in 2015|
|Temporary gap of I-49, US 71 continues south|
|190||US 56 (Swope Parkway) / Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard / 43rd Street|
|191||39th Street / 35th Street|
|192||Linwood Boulevard / 31st Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|194||The Paseo||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|195||22nd Street||No southbound entrance|
|196||Truman Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|197||I-70 / I-670 / US 40|
|–||To I-70 / US 40 / US 71 / I-35||Eventual northern terminus of I-49|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Missouri Department of Transportation. Flex Map Viewer (Map). Cartography by MoDOT. https://www6.modot.mo.gov/hpmaps. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- Kennedy, Wally (May 11, 2007). "Plan holds 2008 finish for Range Line Bypass". The Joplin Globe (Joplin, MO). Retrieved November 29, 2012.
- "AASHTO Annual Meeting Report". American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. September 29, 2007.
- "Missouri gateway to Bella Vista bypass scrapped". Joplin Independent (Joplin, MO). October 15, 2007.
- "I-49 Coming to Missouri". Missouri Department of Transportation. August 4, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
- "New I-49 Signs Being Installed Along U.S. 71". Missouri Department of Transportation.
- "U.S. 71 from Kansas City to Joplin to become Interstate 49". Kansas City Star. September 2, 2012.
- "US-71 Highway to become I-49 on Wednesday". KMBC-TV. December 11, 2012.