Summary of I-70 Corridor Improvements from EIS

MoDOT

Contact Information

Organization: MoDOT
Contact person: Griffin Smith
Title:
Phone: 816.607.2108
E-mail: griffin.smith@modot.mo.gov
Organization address: 600 NE Colbern Road
  Lees Summit, MO    64086


General Information

1. Project name: I-70 Corridor Improvements from EIS
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Missouri Department of Transportation
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: Interstate 70 from Paseo Boulevard to U.S. 40
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Bridge * Highway/Roadway )
This corridor is located in Kansas City, Missouri which is one of the largest cities in the State of Missouri. The existing system will be improved by completing the recommended strategies set forth in the Second Tier Environmental Impact Statement that includes auxiliary lanes, improving the curves at Jackson Avenue and Benton Avenue, and improving the traffic flow along the corridor. This corridor is one of the highest traveled and congested areas in the Kansas City area. The safety along the corridor would be improved by reducing the number of crashes and improving the travel speed to be more reliable. While providing this greater level of service to the public, the freight and transit communities will also benefit from the reduced travel time, greater reliability and safety improvements. Also, this project is part of the National Highway Freight Network Routes as a Primary Highway Freight System Route.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Griffin Smith
griffin.smith@modot.mo.gov
816.607.2108
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $100000000
9. Project description: There are five main purposes for this project: 1. Improve Safety along the corridor by reducing the crash rates and crash severity along I-70. 2. Reduce Congestion by removing key bottlenecks, reduce potential for ramp back-up onto the freeway, and improve multimodal travel times in coordination with plans put forward by local and regional agencies. 3. Restore And Maintain Existing Infrastructure by improving bridge and pavement conditions on I-70 and implement cost-effective investment alternatives. 4. Improve Accessibility by providing travel options for all residents, increase safe access across I-70 for non-motorized travel, and support local and regional land use plans. 5. Improve Good Movement by improving the efficiency of freight movement on I-70.
10. Scope: The key strategies that were identified as part of the I-70 Second Tier EIS is to: 1. Remove the key bottlenecks by improving the curves at Jackson Ave. and Benton Ave. 2. Add auxiliary lanes to key locations to facilitate easier merge and diverge decisions for the traveling public. 3. Address all or most of the location with crash rates above statewide average by having targeted solutions that may include additional signing or high friction surface treatment. 4. Restore or Maintain the existing infrastructure. There will be several bridges that are rehabbed (approx. 25) as part of this project, as well as pavement rehabilitation on this section of I-70. 5. Improving the accessibility for non-motorized modes by created or improving the bicycle or pedestrian accommodations. This section of I-70 serves 115,686 vehicles per day and 43,405 trucks per day at the western limit of Paseo and 94,955 vehicles per day and 35,644 vehicles per day on the eastern limit of I-435. Also, this project is part of the National Highway Freight Network Routes as a Primary Highway Freight System Route.
11. Project schedule: The project is composed of only 1 phase. The estimated completion date for this project will be 2020-2030.

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