Route FF/Drywood Creek Bridge to close for rehab project

VERNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Route FF Drywood Creek Bridge northwest of Bronaugh, Missouri will close beginning the week of July 5. According to MoDOT, crews will remove the bridge deck/driving surface and replace it with a new surface.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. The current structure was built in 1967 and is experiencing increasing deterioration. Approximately 160 vehicles cross the bridge daily. Officials expect the project to be completed December 1, 2021.

Traffic impacts:

    • All lanes of Route FF will be CLOSED beginning the week of July 5
    • Drivers will have access to entrances on either end of the bridge, but will not be able to drive through the work zone
    • No detour will be signed, drivers are urged to find alternate routes around the project


Part of I-49 to close during concrete replacement project

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Segments of I-49 will close to traffic beginning on April 5 while MoDOT replaces the concrete pavement between I-44 and a point south of Jasper County Route FF (32nd Street) in Joplin. The closing could last for up to 16 days.

Contractor crews will remove and replace 1.4 miles of concrete pavement beginning in the southbound lanes. Both lanes of traffic will be closed in each direction ’round the clock. When that work is complete, the southbound lanes will be reopened to traffic and crews will move to the northbound lanes. Both northbound lanes will be closed ‘round the clock.

Traffic Impacts:

  • Phase 1:
    • All lanes of southbound I-49 CLOSED ’round the clock for up to 16 days for pavement replacement
    • All lanes of northbound I-49 open
  • Phase 2:
    • All lanes of northbound I-49 CLOSED ‘round the clock for up to 16 days for pavement replacement
    • All lanes of southbound I-49 open
  • Route FF (32nd Street) ramps will be CLOSED in the direction of the work being done
  • Expect increased travel times
  • Drivers will be directed to signed detour using Business Loop 49, I-44 and Missouri Route 59