While Missouri prepares to expand Interstate 70 from St. Louis to Kansas City, the Missouri Farm Bureau has begun campaigning for the expansion of I-44 as well.

Farm Bureau president Garrett Hawkins said farmers and ranchers are concerned about the road that connects Joplin to St. Louis.

“The stretch around Rolla, both going west as well as east,” Hawkins told Brownfield Ag News. “(There are) concerns about bottlenecks (and) traffic load, as well as condition of the road. A number of our members complained when they’re hauling cattle and trailers up and down the road.”

I-44 is one of five interstate highways that replaced historic U.S. Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles.

Hawkins also said Missouri Farm Bureau members support I-57 improvements, which connects Sikeston, Missouri to Chicago, and that there are federal dollars available for the work.

“There are members who are interested in making sure that Missouri Farm Bureau was at the table in those discussions,” he said.

Arkansas, meanwhile, is pushing to have I-57 extended southwestward from Sikeston to Little Rock.

By Marshall Griffin and Brownfield Ag News reporter Carah Hart

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