Interstate 244 Missouri
Interstate 244 was the former designation for the 20.0 mile long section of Interstate 270 (Circumferential Expressway) between I-55 and I-70. Designated in 1958 and completed in 1967,1 I-244 was renumbered as Interstate 270 in 1974 due to motorist confusion.2 The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved both the renumbering of I-244, and I-255 east from Mehlville into Illinois as I-270 on June 25, 1974:
I-244, I-255 and I-270 comprise essentially one continuous route which encircles the St. Louis Urban Area. The present points of change in route designation are confusing and seem pointless to motorists since no apparent change in direction occurs. Providing one route designation (I-270) will eliminate this problem and be in keeping with the principal of route continuity.
Proposed Route – Springfield
A proposal made in 2013 by the city of Springfield, Missouri involved redesignating the James River Freeway (U.S. 60 and Missouri Route 360) and the freeway along U.S. 65 leading north to I-44 as Interstate 244. The rebranding was sought to attract new businesses and companies to Springfield while providing a continuous Interstate designated loop encircling the city.3 An estimated $500,000 to $2 million in funds would be needed to resign the route as an Interstate highway.4
Upgrades for U.S. 65 and the the James River Freeway to Interstate standards were still unfunded in 2017.5
North End – Bridgeton, Missouri
South End – Mehlville, Missouri
Interstate 244 ended where I-270, I-55 and I-255 converge near Mehlville. See the Interstate 270 Missouri / Illinois page for photos covering the cloverstack interchange joining the three routes.
- “Two-Mile Stretch In St. Charles Paved Way For America’s Interstate System – Highways Shortened Drives But Weakened Cities.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 14, 2003.
- “I-255 Rim Means Loop Is Finished – For Now.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 31, 1988.
- “‘New’ interstate highway loop is planned for Springfield.” KY3 News, December 24, 2013.
- “Officials seek interstate loop around Springfield.” News-Leader (Springfield, MO), November 25, 2013.
- “President’s $200 billion infrastructure promise could benefit Missouri.” KY3 News (Springfield, MO), June 9, 2017.
Page updated July 21, 2021.