Missouri Route 96

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Route 96

Route 96 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length52.323 mi (84.206 km)
Major junctions
West end Route 171 / Route YY north of Carl Junction
Major intersections I-49 / US 71 in Carthage
East end I-44 west of Halltown
CountryUnited States
Highway system
Route 95 Route 97

Route 96 is a state highway that travels from Route 171 near Carl Junction, in Jasper County, to Interstate 44 (I-44) in Halltown, in Lawrence County. A large section of the highway between Carthage and Halltown served as part of U.S. Route 66 (US 66) and is currently marked as Historic Route 66.

The road was numbered due to its being an extension of K-96 and its eastern terminus was in Carthage. When US 66 was deleted east of Joplin, Route 96 was extended to replace US 66.

Route 96 was redesignated as Route YY west of Route 171 when Kansas deleted the eastern part of K-96.

Route description

Route 96 exit from I-44

Route 96 begins at a partial interchange with Interstate 44 (I-44) just west of Halltown (there is no access to westbound I-44 or from eastbound I-44). The highway is a two-lane road and is relatively straight all the way to Carthage. Approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west of I-44 is the western terminus of Route 266. Approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) further west, Route 96 is joined by Historic Route 66.

At Albatross, is an intersection with Route 39. Approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) further west is an intersection with Route 97. At Avilla, there is a 1-mile-long (1.6 km) concurrency with Route 37. As the road approaches Carthage, the highway curves south, then curves west again to become Central Street. At Garrison Avenue, the highway begins a concurrency with Route 571 and the road becomes a wide boulevard.

1 mile (1.6 km) west of Garrison Avenue is an interchange with I-49/US 71. At this point, Route 571 ends and Route 171 and Business I-49, both of which join Route 96 and the road is a freeway. The first exit west of I-49/US 71, Route 96 turns off and becomes a two-lane road again. North of Joplin, Route 96 intersects Route 43. Approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) further west, Route 96 ends at Route 171.


Originally, Route 96 continued across Route 171 and turned south, curving around the west side of Carl Junction. The road then traveled 2 miles (3.2 km) further west and crossed the Kansas state line.

Major intersections

JasperTwin Groves Township0.0000.000 Route YY – Kansas state line
Route 171 – Joplin, Pittsburg
Roundabout; western terminus; Route YY is former Route 96 west
Twin GrovesMineral
township line
2.7944.497 Route 43 – JoplinRoundabout
Marion Township11.44818.424

I-49 BL west / Route 171 north – Webb City
Interchange; western end of I-49 BL/Route 171 overlap
Carthage13.10321.087 I-49 / US 71 – Joplin, Kansas City

I-49 BL ends / Route 171 ends / Route 571 begins
Interchange; eastern end of I-49 BL/Route 171 overlap; I-49 exit 53; western end of Route 571 overlap

Route 571 south / Historic US 66 west (Garrison Avenue)
Eastern end of Route 571 overlap; western end of Hist. US 66 overlap
McDonald Township24.07838.750
Route 37 south – Reeds
Western end of Route 37 overlap
Route 37 north – Golden City
Eastern end of Route 36 overlap
LawrenceGreen Township35.00456.333 Route 97 – Stotts City, Lockwood
Albatross40.77765.624 Route 39 – Miller, Mount Vernon
Ozark Township47.49876.441
Historic US 66 east
Eastern end of Hist. US 66 overlap
Route N south / Historic US 66
Northern terminus of Route N
Route 266 east – Halltown
I-44 east
Eastern terminus; I-44 exit 57; no access to I-44 west
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Missouri Department of Transportation (December 28, 2020). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 28, 2020.

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