Diamond Interchange' Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17
Joplin, Newton/Jasper Counties -- The new Diverging Diamond Interchange at Range Line Road and Interstate 44 in Joplin will be dedicated in a brief ceremony Thursday, Oct. 17, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
The event, featuring city and state officials, is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. It will be in the parking lot of the Sunrise Inn, 3600 S. Range Line Road -- on the northwest corner of the interchange.
The interchange opened in the Diverging Diamond Interchange configuration on July 20. It features shifting Range Line Road traffic to the left-hand side of the road at traffic signals on either side of I-44. This enables drivers to make left turns onto I-44 without crossing in front of oncoming traffic and it allows for easier flow for through-traffic.
The rest of the $9 million project was completed by the end of September -- on time and on budget.
The original I-44 bridges over Range Line Road were replaced and cloverleaf ramps were replaced with straight, directional ramps.
Two ramps were widened, providing two left-turn lanes on the eastbound-to-northbound ramp and two right-turn lanes on the westbound-to-northbound ramp.
Prime contractor was Emery Sapp and Sons of Columbia.
For more information, call MoDOT at 417-895-7600 or visit modot.org/southwest.
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