Interstate 49 in Missouri

Interstate 49 (I-49) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Missouri that was designated on December 12, 2012. It overlaps U.S. Route 71 (US 71) in the western part of the state, beginning at Pineville, just a few miles north of the Arkansas state line, and ending at I-435 and I-470 on the southeast side of Kansas City.

Interstate 49 marker

Interstate 49
I-49 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length178.717 mi[1] (287.617 km)
ExistedDecember 12, 2012–present
Major junctions
South end US 71 in Pineville
North end I-435 / I-470 / US 50 / US 71 in Kansas City
CountiesMcDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barton, Vernon, Bates, Cass, Jackson
Highway system
Route 48Route 49

I-49 is planned to extend south into Arkansas upon completion of a bypass of Bella Vista, Arkansas, connecting to the new northern Arkansas segment of I-49 (formerly part of I-540 to Fort Smith). Upon completion, the highway will connect with I-49 in Louisiana, connecting Kansas City to Texarkana, Shreveport, and Lafayette, Louisiana.

Route descriptionEdit

I-49 begins in Pineville. It passes through many smaller communities before reaching Joplin. In Joplin, I-49 junctions with I-44 and begins a short overlap with I-44 for exits 11 through 18.

Just a few miles east of Joplin, I-49 leaves I-44 and heads north and enters Carthage. I-49 then passes through Nevada and other communities before reaching the Kansas City area. I-49 intersects with I-470 and I-435 which provides connection to I-70 and I-35 and I-29.

In south Kansas City, at Bannister Road just north of the Grandview Triangle, the I-49 designation ends, and the expressway continues as US 71, which proceeds into downtown Kansas City as Bruce R. Watkins Memorial Drive.


Current southern terminus of I-49. The closed ramp will serve as the northern end of the Bella Vista Bypass upon completion.

Arkansas and Missouri pursued an I-49 designation for US 71 and I-540 for a number of years. In the early 2000s, there were plans by both states to rename the roadway as such between I-44 west of Joplin and I-40 at Fort Smith once new roadway had been completed around Bella Vista, Arkansas, and north to Pineville, Missouri.[2] However, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering denied the I-49 designation at their annual meeting in September 2007 because none of the new roadway was under construction.[3]

The I-49 upgrade involved removing all at-grade intersections and constructing interchanges and overpasses at 15 sites between Harrisonville and Lamar. The two-year project represented a shift in funding priorities for MoDOT which in 2007, had announced the indefinite postponement of its portion of the Bella Vista bypass project, citing a $139-million funding gap in Arkansas between construction costs and toll revenues, and Arkansas' commitment to only a two-lane bypass constructed over six years.[4] MoDOT announced the Joplin-to-Kansas City upgrade of US 71 in August 2010, to be done with the intention of bringing the I-49 designation to Missouri.[5]

MoDOT began installing I-49 trailblazer signage (without shields) plus gantry signs and mile markers, about 1200 signs in all, in February 2012. Signage bearing I-49 shields were covered or turned from view until the I-49 designation was given final approval by the Federal Highway Administration. This includes mile markers at 0.2-mile (0.32 km) intervals along the entire alignment apart from I-44.[6]

The I-49 designation in Missouri became official at noon on December 12, 2012.[7] The designation applies to 180 miles (290 km) of current US 71 between Bannister Road (Route W) in south Kansas City and Route H at Pineville (McDonald County) which was upgraded to Interstate standards beginning in 2010.[5] The last of the upgrade projects were completed in December 2012, but some designations about seven miles (11 km) north of the Arkansas state line still have not been built to meet interstate standards.

In 2012, Missouri had $40 million available for its portion of the Bella Vista bypass,[8] but moved the money elsewhere in 2013. They planned on using money from a proposed constitutional amendment which would have raised the sales tax; however, this was defeated by voters in August 2014. Arkansas has announced it will not extend its section to Missouri until construction begins on the Missouri section.[9]


In March 2019, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the remaining funding needed to complete the Missouri portion of Bella Vista Bypass.[10] On April 1, 2020, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the construction of the 5 mile Missouri portion of the Bella Vista Bypass to Emery Sapp & Sons Inc for $58.7 million. The new estimated completion date is September 30, 2021. Construction started May 11th. [11]

Exit listEdit

McDonald  I-49 southArkansas state line (future connection) expect to open in late 2021 or early 2022
2  Route 90 – Noel, Jane[12]Future interchange expect to open in late 2021 or early 2022
0.0000.0004  US 71 south – Bella VistaTemporary southern end; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Pineville0.7251.1675  Route H – Pineville, Noel
2.5594.1187  Route EE – Pineville, Lanagan
5.6919.15910  Route 76 – Anderson
   US 71 Bus. south / Route 59 – Goodman, Anderson
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
11.95519.24017   Route B / Route C – Goodman
Newton15.48724.92420   BL I-49 north / Route AA
Neosho19.04330.64724  US 60 – Seneca, Neosho
22.05935.50127   BL I-49 south / Route 86 – Racine, Neosho
25.05340.31930Iris Road
28.06045.15833   BL I-49 north / Route 175 (Gateway Drive)
30.08148.41135  Route V – Diamond
county line
34.09054.86339A  Route FF (32nd Street)
Jasper34.23955.10239B–C    I-44 west / Route 249 north to Route 66 – Joplin, TulsaSouthern end of I-44 overlap; signed as exits 39B (Route 249 north) and 39C (I-44 west); I-49 south follows exit 11
35.82857.66012Prigmor Road – JoplinOpened November 2015
38.06361.25615   BL I-44 west / Route 66 – Duenweg, JoplinSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
Fidelity41.05666.07346   I-44 east / Route 59 south – Springfield, DiamondNorthern end of I-44 overlap; signed as exits 46A (Route 59 south) and 46B (I-44 east); I-49 north follows exit 18B
42.38868.21747Cedar Road
Carthage44.88972.24249  Route 571 north (Garrison Avenue)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
45.68473.52150  Route HH (Fir Road) – Carterville
46.80975.33251Fairview Avenue
48.51378.07453     BL I-49 south / Route 96 / Route 171 north / Route 571 south (Central Avenue) – Webb City
50.58281.40455Civil War Road
51.65883.13556   Route V (Garrison Avenue) / Route D – AlbaSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
58.05293.42663   Route M / Route N
Jasper61.25498.57966   Route H / Route K – Jasper
Barton65.427105.29570  Route 126 – Pittsburg, Golden City
69.440111.7537430th RoadOpened November 2013
Lamar72.009115.88777  US 160 – Mindenmines, Lamar
75.541121.57180   Route DD / Route EE
78.557126.42583   Route V / Route C – Irwin
Vernon83.780134.83188   Route N / Route B – Bronaugh, Sheldon
86.803139.69691   Route BB / Route DD – Bellamy
90.788146.10995  Route E – Milo
Nevada96.124154.697101    BL I-49 north / Route K to US 54 west – Nevada, Camp Clark
97.221156.462102A  US 54 – Nevada, El Dorado SpringsSigned as exit 102 northbound
97.869157.505102B  BL I-49 south – NevadaSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
98.525158.561103Highland Avenue
102.001164.155107  Route M – Compton Junction
105.333169.517110  Route D – Stotesbury
111.308179.133116  Route TT
BatesRich Hill115.712186.220120   Route A / Route B – Rich Hill, Osceola
124.277200.004129  Route 52 east – Appleton CitySouthern end of Route 52 overlap
125.533202.026130   BL I-49 north / Route 52 west – ButlerNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Butler126.891204.211131  Route 52 – Butler, AmoretNorthern end of Route 52 overlap
131.587211.769136    BL I-49 south / Route F / Route D – Passaic, Butler
Adrian136.634219.891141  Route 18 – Adrian, Clinton
139.155223.948144   Route AA / Route E
CassArchie142.527229.375147   Route A / Route B – Archie, Drexel
148.208238.518153307th Street
Harrisonville152.193244.931157  Route 7 south – ClintonSouthern end of Route 7 overlap
153.600247.195158  Route 2 east (Commercial Street)Southern end of Route 2 overlap
154.925249.328159   Route 2 west / Route 7 north (Mechanic Street)Northern end of Route 2 / Route 7 overlap
155.469250.203160  Route 291 north – Lee's Summit, HarrisonvilleOpened in 2016; existing diamond interchange converted to a Diverging diamond interchange
Peculiar162.222261.071167   Route C / Route J – Peculiar
163.643263.358168211th Street / Peculiar WayDiverging diamond interchange opened September 13, 2016[13]
Raymore167.213269.103172North Cass Parkway
Belton169.164272.243174  Route 58 – Belton, Raymore
170.396274.226175  Route Y / 163rd Street
county line
Kansas City tripoint
171.793276.474176155th Street – BeltonOpened on December 15, 2017[14]
JacksonGrandviewKansas City line172.781278.064177  Route 150Current interchange converted from the existing diamond interchange
Grandview173.658279.475178140th Street
174.924281.513179Main StreetThis bridge was replaced and opened on November 22, 2017[citation needed]
175.485282.416180Truman DriveNo direct northbound exit
GrandviewKansas City line176.262283.666181Blue Ridge Boulevard / Hickman Mills Drive / Longview Road
Kansas City177.411285.515182Red Bridge Road / Longview Road
178.036286.521183A–B    I-435 west / I-470 east / US 50 – Wichita, Lee's Summit, IndependenceNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; I-435 exit 71A eastbound; I-470 exit 1; to I-35 south and I-70 east
178.719287.620184A–B  I-435 – Kansas City, Des Moines, St. Joseph
  US 71 north – Kansas City
National northern terminus; northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-435 exit 71 southbound; highway continues north as US 71
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Missouri Department of Transportation (May 7, 2020). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Kennedy, Wally (May 11, 2007). "Plan holds 2008 finish for Range Line Bypass". The Joplin Globe. Joplin, MO. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (September 29, 2007). "Report for SCOH" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Missouri Gateway to Bella Vista Bypass Scrapped". Joplin Independent. October 15, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "I-49 Coming to Missouri" (Press release). Missouri Department of Transportation. August 4, 2010. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "New I-49 Signs Being Installed Along US 71" (Press release). Missouri Department of Transportation.
  7. ^ "US 71 from Kansas City to Joplin to become Interstate 49". Kansas City Star. September 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "US 71 Highway to Become I-49 on Wednesday". Kansas City, MO: KMBC-TV. December 11, 2012.
  9. ^ McGeeney, Ryan (August 7, 2014). "Bella Vista Bypass on Ice after Missouri Rejects Tax". NWA Online. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  10. ^ Rosa, Jeff Della (7 March 2019). "Missouri to complete its part of Bella Vista Bypass by 2022". Talk Business & Politics. Talk Business & Politics. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
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