I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector opens Oct. 1

I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector opens Oct. 1
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MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – Crews complete the final five miles of the I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector. The public can begin using it starting Friday, October 1, 2021.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to help celebrate its completion. The Missouri and Arkansas Departments of Transportation and Governors Mike Parson and Asa Hutchinson will host it.

The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 30. It will be on the new I-49 lanes at the Missouri/Arkansas state line. If you plan to attend and are traveling from the Missouri side, enter from the Route 90 access point. You can follow the signs and directions from crew members along the route.

MoDot released the following documents on the ribbon cutting.

Arkansas, Missouri, and federal transportation officials have been discussing this connector for more than 25 years. The $70.3 million project in Missouri relocated the four-lane divided highway to the west of the existing US Route 71. It includes a new interchange at Route 90 west of Jane.

A $25 million federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant helped fund the project.

Now that the connector is completed, I-49 stretches 290 miles between Kansas City and Fort Smith, Arkansas. This final stretch is five miles long.

You can find more information on the I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector here.