I-44 construction requires detour to access/exit Jay Henges Shooting Range

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HIGH RIDGE, Mo. — Due to road construction on I-44, shooters using the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range located at Antire Road will have to use a modified route to access or exit the range, depending on their direction of travel.

The construction period will begin Friday, June 1, and may continue through the end of July, depending on weather conditions. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and its contractor, Millstone Bangert, are conducting pavement repairs and resurfacing work on Interstate 44 from Lewis Road to Route 141, with a majority of it occurring at Antire Road.

For shooters travelling west on I-44, the Antire Road Exit normally taken to reach the range will be closed. Westbound traffic must take the next exit west, Lewis Road, then return to the highway heading east. The eastbound exit to Antire Road will be open to take drivers to the range. Upon leaving, drivers can get back onto I-44 heading east as usual.

Shooters travelling I-44 east to reach the range will be able to take the Antire Road exit as usual. When leaving however, travellers heading west must first enter the interstate eastbound and travel to the Route 141 exit, the next exit east of Antire Road, then head back on I-44 west.

According to MoDOT, all detours will be marked. MoDOT also indicates motorists will see lane shifts and narrowed lanes in the vicinity of Antire Road, and urges drivers to stay alert for the orange signs and watch out for workers in this work zone.

During this time, the Jay Henges Shooting Range will maintain its normal summer hours of Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The range is owned and operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. It offers a state-of-the-art rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning and trap shooting facilities, and a 3-D archery course at a cost of three dollars per hour or round of trap. More information about the range can be obtained by calling 636-938-9548.