I-44 Business Loop
I-44 Business Spur

Interstate Business Route 44

Interstate 44 has nine active business routes in Missouri. All of the loops utilize portions of U.S. 66, which I-44 replaced from Oklahoma City east to St. Louis.


Joplin, Duquesne and Duenweg

Active Business Route

Business Loop I-44 travels 11.84 miles in an L-shaped route through Newton and Jasper Counties in southwest Missouri. The route combines with Missouri Route 43 north from Exit 6 along Hearnes Boulevard north to 32nd Street along a divided arterial. Main Street (old U.S. 71 Business) takes over as a commercial boulevard to Downtown Joplin and 7th Street. The remainder of the route travels east along Route 66 (Historic U.S. 66) to Business Loop I-49 near Northpark Mall, northern Duquesne, the freeway along Route 249 and across the city of Duenweg. The business route ends at a wye interchange (Exit 15) with I-44 adjacent to Cimarron Road.


Active Business Route

The second Jasper County business route from I-44 loops southward from Exits 26 and 29. The western two thirds of the 4.33 mile long route doubles as Missouri Route 37 south from I-44 to Blackberry Road (old U.S. 66 west to Parshley) and east to 14th Street in the city of Sarcoxie. High Street east from Route 37 back to I-44 is locally maintained and also Historic U.S. 66.

Mount Vernon

Active Business Route

Business Loop I-44 connects I-44 with the Lawrence County seat of Mount Vernon along a 2.74 mile long route. Following old U.S. 66, the route begins at Exit 44 opposite Highway H. Once in the city limits, Business Loop I-44 becomes Mount Vernon Boulevard.

Missouri Route 39 overlaps with the route from Spring Park Boulevard east as Mount Vernon Boulevard expands into a commercial arterial. The business loop ends at Exit 46, as Route 265 begins a 66.94 mile route to U.S. 65 outside Branson.


Active Business Route

This business loop commences a 9.66 mile long route from Interstate 44 at Exit 72. It follows Chestnut Expressway east to Glenstone Avenue, then turns north on Glenstone to rejoin Interstate 44 at Exit 80. Glenstone Avenue is old U.S. 65, and Chestnut Expressway east to College Street is old U.S. 66 and later U.S. 66 Business (east from U.S. 160 / West Bypass). Chestnut Expressway was constructed north by the early 1960s as the original bypass for Downtown Springfield.


Active Business Route

Business Loop I-44 in Lebanon leads north from Exit 127 by an array of motorists services along Elm Street. Elm Street curves northeast to match the street grid southeast of Downtown and returns to I-44 east at Exit 130. With the exception of the route east of Seminole Avenue to Exit 130, the 3.67 mile Business Loop I-44 at Lebanon follows all of old U.S. 66.

Waynesville and Saint Robert

Active Business Route

Beginning at Exit 153 near Buckhorn within Mark Twain National Forest, the 9.07 mile route of Business Loop I-44 parallels I-44 closely alongside Route 17 northeast into the city of Waynesville. Following Historic U.S. 66, Business Loop I-44/Route 17 wind eastward to the Waynesville city center, where the state route splits for Crocker to the north.

The remainder of Business Loop I-44 is locally maintained as it continues east from Waynesville into the city of St. Robert, ahead of Route F. Shifting southward from I-44 at Exit 159, the business route passes through Gospel Ridge to end at Exit 161 alongside Business Spur I-44 north from Ft. Leonard Wood.

Saint Robert and Ft. Leonard Wood

Active Business Route

Business Spur I-44 leads south from Exit 161 and the city of St. Robert to the U.S. Army installation at Fort Leonard Wood. The 2.23 mile route initially overlaps with Business Loop I-44 west as it leads back toward Waynesville. This results in a rare instance where a Business Loop and Spur intersect, as the two separate south of Exit 161 at Historic U.S. 66 and Route Z. The remainder of Business Spur I-44 otherwise lines Missouri Avenue, a commercial arterial, southward to the main gate to Fort Leonard Wood.


Active Business Route

Measuring 2.43 miles in length, Business Loop I-44 follows Historic U.S. 66 east from Exit 184 along Kingshighway to U.S. 63 (Bishop Avenue). Combining with U.S. 66 north, the two highways circumvent the city center and the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology along a commercial boulevard to Exit 186.

Grays Summit, Pacific and Eureka

Active Business Route

The final business route for I-44 travels 8.94 miles of Historic U.S. 66 between Exits 257 and 261. The route follows Osage Street through unincorporated Grays Summit, just to the south of I-44, to western reaches of the Pacific city limits. Ramps from I-44 east at Exit 256 provide a second access point to Business Loop I-44 ahead of the Pacific street grid.

Interstate 44 shifts northward from Pacific as Historic U.S. 66 parallels two railroad lines across a valley to the south. The two routes come together again at Exit 261 in west Eureka, adjacent to the Six Flags St. Louis theme park.

As approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Business Loop I-44 at Pacific and Eureka was extended west to Grays Summit via South Outer Road on May 30, 2003.

Page updated August 30, 2016.

Business Loop I-44/Route 43 north at Route 66 in Joplin, MO
Business Loop I-44 ends an overlap with Route 43 (Main Street) and combines with Route 66 along E 7th Street between Downtown Joplin and Duenweg. 05/04/12

Historic U.S. 66 through Joplin included Alternate, Business and Bypass alignments. The primary alignment for U.S. 66 followed Main Street north from Downtown to Broadway Street east, St. Louis Avenue north, Euclid Avenue north, Utica Street east, Florida Avenue north and Zora Street east.

Route 249 north at Business Loop I-44 near Joplin, MO

Route 249 begins ahead of Business Loop I-44/Route 66 at its first interchange east of Joplin. March 2009

Business Spur I-44 south at Route Y in Robert, Missouri

Business Spur I-44 follows Missouri Avenue south from Exit 161 while Route Y meanders 6.70 miles north toward the Riddle Bridge across the Gasconade River. Photo by Mark Roberts (1999).

Business Loop I-44 west at Business Spur I-44
Business Loop I-44 west splits from Business Spur I-44 (Missouri Avenue) south as both depart from Interstate 44 at Exit 161. Photo by Mark Roberts (1999).

The other instance of a Business Loop intersecting a Business Spur is for Interstate 40 in Winslow, Arizona.

Business Loop I-44 east in Sarcoxie, Missouri
Business Loop 44 eastbound near Sarcoxie, Missouri.

This photo is part of David Backlin‘s road photo collection on Flickr.