Interstate 244 Missouri
Interstate 244 was the former designation for the 20-mile section of Interstate 270 (Circumferential Expressway) between Interstates 44 and 70. Designated in 1958 and completed in 1967,1 I-244 was renumbered as Interstate 270 in 1974 due to motorist confusion.2 AASHTO approved both the renumbering of I-244, and I-255 east from Mehlville into Illinois as I-270 on June 25, 1974.
North End – Bridgeton, MO
South End – Mehlville, MO
Mileage – 20.1
Cities – Kirkwood, Town and Country, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights
- Junctions –
Source: estimate from Google Maps
Future Route – Springfield
A proposal made in 2013 by the city of Springfield, Missouri involved redesignating the James River Freeway (U.S. 60 and Missouri 360) and the U.S. 65 freeway leading north to I-44 as a new 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
North End – Bridgeton, Missouri
South End – Mehlville, Missouri
Interstate 244 ended where Interstates 270, 55 and 270 come together 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.
Page updated August 22, 2017.