Interstate 49 in Missouri

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This article is about the section of Interstate 49 in Missouri. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 49.

Interstate 49 marker

Interstate 49
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length: 178.717 mi[1] (287.617 km)
Existed: December 12, 2012 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 71 in Pineville
  I-44 in Joplin
North end: I-435 / I-470 / US 50 / US 71 in Kansas City
Highway system

Missouri Highways
Supplemental

Route 48 Route 49

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.

Route description[edit]

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.

History[edit]

Current southern terminus of I-49. The closed ramp will serve as the northern end of the Bella Vista Bypass upon completion.

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

The Interstate 49 designation in Missouri became official at noon on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.[7] 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.[5] 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.

Future[edit]

As of December 2012, Missouri has $40 million available for its portion of the Bella Vista bypass.[8]

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.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit[1] Destinations Notes
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
  10.770 17.333 15
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
  25.052 40.317 30 Iris Road
  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
  42.386 68.214 47 Cedar Road
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
46.807 75.329 51 Fairview Avenue
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
98.522 158.556 103 Highland Avenue
  101.998 164.150 107 Route M – Compton Junction
  105.330 169.512 110 Route D – Stotesbury
Horton 107.086 172.338 112 Horton
  111.305 179.128 116 Route TT
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
  148.204 238.511 153 307th Street
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
171.792 276.472 176 155th Street
Jackson Grandview 172.774 278.053 177 Route 150
174.922 281.510 179 Main 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[citation needed]
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[citation needed]
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
193 29th Street
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

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b c Missouri Department of Transportation. Flex Map Viewer (Map). Cartography by MoDOT. https://www6.modot.mo.gov/hpmaps. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Kennedy, Wally (May 11, 2007). "Plan holds 2008 finish for Range Line Bypass". The Joplin Globe (Joplin, MO). Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "AASHTO Annual Meeting Report". American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. September 29, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Missouri gateway to Bella Vista bypass scrapped". Joplin Independent (Joplin, MO). October 15, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "I-49 Coming to Missouri". Missouri Department of Transportation. August 4, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "New I-49 Signs Being Installed Along U.S. 71". Missouri Department of Transportation. 
  7. ^ "U.S. 71 from Kansas City to Joplin to become Interstate 49". Kansas City Star. September 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ "US-71 Highway to become I-49 on Wednesday". KMBC-TV. December 11, 2012. 


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