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MoDOT 'Cannot Say With Confidence' that I-44 will Remain Open

JEROME, Mo. -- All lanes are back open along I-44, but MoDOT is closely watching as 3-5 inches of rain continues to fall across the state.
JEROME, Mo. -- All lanes are back open along I-44, but MoDOT is closely watching as 3-5 inches of rain continues to fall across the state.

Flood waters receded Thursday around 6 a.m., prompting the department to reopen all lanes of I-44 at the 172 mile marker. 

Lanes were closed in both directions Wednesday when floodwaters overtook the highway near Jerome, Mo. Traffic between Rolla and Waynesville was diverted, causing traffic backups many miles long in both directions.

Route 63 at Westphalia also reopened after being closed due to flooding. 

Floodwaters forced MoDOT to close U.S. 50 to close at Mt. Sterling in Gasconade County late Thursday morning. Barriers are now set and signs guide travelers through the detour route: U.S. 54 to I-70 to Route 19. 

The National Weather Service hydrographs indicate the river levels continue to decrease near Interstate 44. However, given the nature of the current storms, MoDOT officials announced Thursday afternoon they "cannot say with confidence that I-44 will remain open."

Check MoDOT's interactive map to see the latest closings or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get updated information on road conditions.

Should Interstate 44 close again, MoDOT says drivers should leave the highway at the next practical exit.
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