KANSAS CITY - A Missouri Department of Transportation environmental study of approximately seven miles of Interstate 70 from The Paseo interchange to Blue Ridge Cutoff interchange should be completed soon with the help of extensive community guidance.
"We started with 12 alternatives and with the public's input and study team's evaluation we narrowed it down to one Preferred Alternative," said MoDOT Area Engineer Matt Killion. "We're now seeking additional input to ensure this is the best preferred improvement strategy for this section of I-70."
In 2013, MoDOT gathered community feedback on the three improvement alternatives under consideration for I-70: No-Build, Geometric Improvements, and Interchange Consolidations. Based on public input and detailed analysis, MoDOT is recommending a
Preferred Alternative for the roadway. The alternative involves:
- Making improvements to interstate ramps, as well as in areas where drivers merge with or maneuver through other traffic, resulting in safer traffic operations.
- Consolidating one interchange and two ramps to increase safety and minimize impacts.
- Rebuilding and/or rehabilitating I-70 pavement and bridges, along with improvements to the Benton and Jackson Curves, over time.
- Improving bicycle and pedestrian access across I-70.
- Continuing transit and Intelligent Transportation System coordination in the study area through Operation Green Light, Smart Moves Regional Transit Vision, and the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis.
- Beginning Jan. 17 through Mar. 7, 2014, MoDOT is gathering input from the community about the preferred alternative (described in the Draft I-70 Second Tier Environmental Impact Statement) for improving the transportation issues facing the highway.
"Tell us how this alternative will impact you by registering and participating in the online town hall meeting at http://www.metroi70.com/ or come talk to us in person at the hearing or mobile meeting locations," Killion said.
Location Public Hearing
Tues., Feb. 11, 2014
4 to 7 p.m.
Gregg/Klice Community Center
1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Tues., Feb. 4, 2014*
10 a.m. to noon
Kansas City Public Library: Lucile H. Bluford Branch
3050 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64128
Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014*
8 to 10 a.m.
Kansas City VA Medical Center
4801 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64128
Thurs., Feb. 20, 2014*
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library: Northeast Branch
6000 Wilson Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64123
"There is currently no funding for design and construction," Killion said. "But completing this study is an important step in determining the future of I-70 and having the project ready to go should funding become available."
The study kicked off in December 2011, will last about 34 months, and conclude in summer 2014. It builds upon the broader work of the I-70 First Tier Environmental Impact Statement to help devise a more detailed plan on how to best improve the safety and operations of I-70. The portion of interstate under study is experiencing pavement and bridge deterioration, traffic delays and congestion, and merging/weaving issues at interchanges.
For more information about this study, to include history, timeline and community involvement opportunities, please visit the project website at http://www.modot.org/kansascity/metroi70/index.htm.
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