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Diverging Diamond at I-44 and Range Line Road could open as early as Saturday morning

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The Missouri Department of Transportation says the Diverging Diamond project at Range Line Road and Interstate 44 in Joplin may open as soon as Saturday morning.

It's been an extensive project to convert from the old clover leaf design to the new configuration and the construction has caused confusion for many drivers.

"If I had known this had been like this I would've kept driving by Joplin," says Larry Ohm.  Ohm and his family are traveling through from Chicago.  "It's hard to tell where to get off."

"Thank goodness we had a GPS or else we would've ended up in China," says Maria Caporale.  She and her family are from New York City.  "Terrible - it goes into one lane.  You don't know where to go.  It's not even really, like, where they're telling you where to go - it's not."

On Friday afternoon the Range Line exit and access ramps at I-44 were closed.

"Basically to get all that paving done to tie the new ramp into the existing ramps," says Greg Chapman of MoDOT.

Friday night MoDOT plans to close part of Range Line.

But through this confusion shines a bright end.

MoDOT says the detours are about to end and that will mean a much smoother ride home.

MoDOT says Saturday morning's full opening for traffic near the Range Line - Interstate 44 interchange is not set in stone.  But they say workers have been working well ahead of schedule.

MoDOT wants to get most of the remaining work done tonight when traffic is not as heavy as during the daytime.

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