Interstate 49 dedication will recognize economic impact and safety benefits for Missouri

By MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The December 12 dedication in Joplin of the new Interstate 49 between Kansas City and Pineville will recognize the economic impact and safety benefits the interstate highway is expected to bring to Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
The ceremony, in the gym at Joplin East Middle School, begins at 12 noon Wednesday, Dec. 12. The middle school is located at 7501 E. 26th Street in the Crossroads Industrial Park.

Out on the highway that day, I-49 signs already put up along U.S. 71 will be uncovered or turned to face traffic, with crews working in every county -- McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barton, Vernon, Bates, Cass and Jackson. Signs along I-49 will still carry the U.S. 71 shield. That’s because U.S. 71 in Missouri has not been relocated and is still part of the national U.S. 71 corridor that also runs through Iowa and Minnesota to the north and through Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana to the south.