Route 66 to get nearly $30 million in improvements through Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Missouri Dept of Transportation (MoDOT) plan to spend nearly $30 million to make improvements along Route 66 in Joplin.

Route 66 is now officially known as MO-66 aka 7th Street is one of the most-heavily traffic roads in Joplin according to traffic studies. Route 66 at Range Line Road continues to be the busiest intersection in the Joplin-Metro area.

Joplin roadways are busier than ever. According to recent numbers:

• Joplin population approximately 52,000
• Daytime population approximately 240,000
• Population within 40-mile radius of Joplin is 400,000, making it Missouri’s fourth largest metropolitan area
• Located in Southwest Missouri in the “four states” region encompassing Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas

This is a project to make pavement, sidewalk, traffic and safety improvements along Missouri Route 66 (7th Street) in Joplin between Jasper County Route P (Schifferdecker Avenue) and Loop 49 (Range Line Road).

Project Facts:

• Pavement improvements
• Safety and traffic flow improvement
• Sidewalk improvements
• All improvements will fit within existing footprint of Route 66
• Some right-of-way and construction easements will be acquired to facilitate construction of project

Construction: 2024 & 2025

Estimated Total Project Cost: $27.6 million

Traffic Impacts:

• Traffic reduced to one lane where crews are working
• Access to businesses will remain OPEN throughout the duration of the project
• Drivers should expect traffic delays where crews are working

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