Summary of I-35 (I-435 to US 69) Corridor Improvements


Contact Information

Organization: MoDOT
Contact person: Griffin Smith
Phone: 816.607.2108
Organization address: 600 NE Colbern Road
  Lees Summit, MO    64086

General Information

1. Project name: I-35 (I-435 to US 69) Corridor Improvements
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: This project is within Clay County, Missouri and touches the city of Kansas City, Pleasant Valley, and Liberty.
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: This project will add capacity to I-35 and make operational improvements to I-35. The project includes the interchange with I-435, Pleasant Valley Road, MO 152, MO 291, US 69 and Lightburne Road.
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Bridge * Freight * Highway/Roadway )
This project will add capacity from I-435 to US 69 in Liberty, Kansas City, and Pleasant Valley. This corridor carries between 40,000 and 60,000 vehicle trips per day, including about 15,500 truck trips. This project will help alleviate congestion points in the corridor, improving vehicular flow and safety for travelers in single occupancy vehicles, carpools or vanpools. I-35 is also a Tier 1 roadway in the Statewide Freight Plan and 12 to 20.5 million tons of freight move along I-35 each year. This improvement will help freight move along this portion of the interstate corridor in a more efficient manner. There is some express transit in this project corridor. However, additional capacity would support future transit services. Non-motorized modes are incompatible with high speed low access interstate travel, and not encouraged in the right-of-way.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Griffin Smith
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $50000000
9. Project description: This project is located along I-35 between two large suburban communities (Kansas City and Liberty). This project will add a lane of through traffic in each direction to improve traffic flow and improve congestion. As Kansas City and Liberty and communities to the east continue to grow, I-35 provides a connection to commercial and industrial areas along I-70, as well as, large employment concentrations in Clay County, Missouri. While the congestion and crash rates in this corridor are not the highest in the district, as northern Clay County continues to develop, traffic volumes and congestion are projected to continue to increase in the future. I-35 is a Tier 1 Freight corridor in the Statewide Freight Plan. The amount of truck traffic is expected to increase from 15,000. The addition of capacity should improve Goods Movement by improving the efficiency of freight movement and access to the local road network. This project may include other improvements, as well. If there are bridges that need to be rehabilitated, those may also be added to the project. Many of the interchanges within the corridor may need operational and geometric upgrades.
10. Scope: I-35 is a four-lane interstate that is grade separated in the project corridor. Traffic volumes range from an average of 40,000 to 60,000 vehicle trips per day with about 15,000 trucks per day. I-35 is a Tier 1 freight route in the statewide freight plan. The Kansas City region is one of the busiest freight hubs in the nation, and freight volumes are projected to continue to increase in the future. This project is expected to be programmed between 2030 and 2040. Since this project is forecasted for 2030-2040, the complete range of solutions for this project are not completely defined. Additional capacity is needed, but other options may include peak hour bus-on-shoulder or auxiliary lanes to accommodate higher volumes of large trucks as the transportation system evolves over the next decade. This project includes several bridges that may need replacement or serious rehabilitation treatments. It makes sense to include the improvements to traffic flow and bridges are as the new lane is added to the corridor. Some bridges may need to be lengthened to accommodate the additional lanes, and some might need to relocated to provide greater access for the communities.
11. Project schedule: Preliminary Engineering - 2030-2040 Right-of-Way - 2030-2040 Construction - 2030-2040

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Liam Dai said...

I do not support this project as it involves the spending of massive amounts on large roads without even attempting to offer public transportation as a (cheaper) alternative for the citizens of the area

8/16/2019 10:06:02 AM


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