Summary of US 169/I-70 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study Implementation

Kansas City, MO

Contact Information

Organization: Kansas City, MO
Contact person: Wes Minder
Title: Innovation Engineer
Phone: 816-513-6977
E-mail: wes.minder@kcmo.org
Organization address: 414 E. 12th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64106


General Information

1. Project name: US 169/I-70 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study Implementation
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Kansas City, Jackson County, MO
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: I-35, I-70, I-670, Missouri Route 9 within the CBD freeway loop
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Bridge * Freight * Highway/Roadway * Transit )
The project will reconstruct portions of the downtown freeway loop which was built in the late 1950’s with the reasonable strategies outlined in the US 169/I-70 PEL study. It will improve traffic flow on the freeway and local street system and will reconnect the street grid in parts. It will improve the Top 100 freight bottleneck at the SW interchange of the loop. This will add multi-modal accommodations where none exist and provide better pedestrian connections to existing ATA service and improve traffic flow on the south loop.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management * Ecosystem Restoration )
7. Project sponsor: Wes Minder
wes.minder@kcmo.org
816-513-6977
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $250000000
9. Project description: This project implements reasonable strategies as determined of the US 169/I-70 Beyond the Loop Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study including rebuilding I-70, operational improvement on I-670, and mitigating environmental issues created by the urban expressways with capping portions of the freeway loop. The PEL report and associated appendixes are available at http://www.beyondtheloopkc.com/. The depressed and cut and cover freeways separated numerous neighborhoods and have hindered the economic vitality of the original part of the Kansas City region. The intent of this project is to rebuild infrastructure that was built in the 1950’s in compliance with the PEL study and where possible restore the historic street grid network between the River Market, Columbus Park, Crossroads, East Paseo, Central Business District (CBD). The project will also include a cycle tracks and pedestrian connections as outlined in the BikeKC plan. The project will assist in freight movement by improving the I-670 portion of the loop which includes one of the nation’s top 100 freight bottlenecks with the I-670/US 71 interchange.
10. Scope: This project implements reasonable strategies as determined of the US 169/I-70 Beyond the Loop Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study including rebuilding I-70, operational improvement on I-670, and mitigating environmental issues created by the urban expressways with capping portions of the freeway loop. The PEL report and associated appendixes are available at http://www.beyondtheloopkc.com/. The depressed and cut and cover freeways separated numerous neighborhoods and have hindered the economic vitality of the original part of the Kansas City region. The intent of this project is to rebuild infrastructure that was built in the 1950’s in compliance with the PEL study and where possible restore the historic street grid network between the River Market, Columbus Park, Crossroads, East Paseo, Central Business District (CBD). The project will also include a cycle tracks and pedestrian connections as outlined in the BikeKC plan. The project will assist in freight movement by improving the I-670 portion of the loop which includes one of the nation’s top 100 freight bottlenecks with the I-670/US 71 interchange.
11. Project schedule: Project is a multi decade project which would start in 2021-2030 but last into 2031-2040 as the freeway loop built in the 1950s begins to fail and MoDOT is limited in budget.

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