Southwest District – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, at its meeting on Wednesday, April 1, awarded a project to construct the final five miles of I-49 in Missouri between Pineville and the Missouri/Arkansas state line in McDonald County, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The project, known as the I-49 Missouri/Arkansas Connector, was awarded to Emery Sapp & Sons Inc., of Columbia for $58.7 million. Construction is expected to begin in late April or early May with completion by Sept. 30, 2021.

Project Facts:

Complete final five miles of I-49 in Missouri between Pineville and Missouri/Arkansas border

Relocate four-lane divided highway to the west of existing U.S. Route 71

New roadway will meet interstate standards with access only at interchanges

New interchange built at Missouri Route 90 west of Jane

Funded by $25 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) federal grant

When Missouri/Arkansas Connector completed, I-49 will stretch 290 miles between Kansas City and Fort Smith, Ark.

Weather and/or scheduling delays will alter the work schedule.