Missouri Progress



I-49 is complete except for the Bella Vista bypass, and I-49 signs are up from Kansas City to Arkansas. On December 12, 2012, a dedication ceremony was held in Joplin when 180 miles of US 71 in Missouri became I-49!! MODOT has partial funding available for the Missouri portion of the Bella Vista bypass and will be coordinating construction with the Arkansas Highway Department. 


The Economic Impact of I-49 in Missouri


I-49 is not just a highway. It's an economic engine that is already changing communities throughout western Missouri. 


Click the link below to watch the 12-minute I-49 Economic Development video presentation that MoDOT Southwest District Engineer Becky Baltz gave at the Transportation Engineers of Missouri conference in March. 


MoDOT Economic Development Video Presentation - March 2014 



Map of remaining sections of I-49 in southwest Missouri

and connection to Bella Vista Bypass


Check out these helpful PDFs


Cass County - I-49 Update

Missouri General I-49 Update

Missouri Progress Update

A Change in Status to I-49 (12/12/12)



Related Articles


Purple Heart Designation Sought for I-49 in Missouri - Joplin Globe




I-49 Coalition letter to US Transportation Secretary Chao

I-49 Coalition letter to US Transp. Sec. Dir. Chao

NWA planners to apply for federal grant to complete I-49 AR/MO gap

The NWA Regional Planning Commission intends to apply for $32.4 million from the $1.5 billion Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program to finish I-49 at the Arkansas-Missouri border.

Connectivity focus in Alma

The city of Alma, Arkansas has chosen to rebrand itself as the "Crossroads of America" in anticipation of I-49 intersecting I-40 on its doorstep - Times Record

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