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Public hearing will discuss interchange at I-435 and Missouri 210

Updated: 2014-01-18T05:57:18Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

Changes are coming to the Interstate 435 and Missouri 210 interchange in Randolph, Mo., and the Missouri Department of Transportation wants the public’s input.

The department is considering a diverging diamond interchange, which would be similar to one built to the south at I-435 and Front Street in Kansas City.

In a diverging diamond interchange, traffic briefly switches to the left side of the road, allowing drivers to turn left onto an intersecting highway without stopping at a light or turning in front of traffic.

“They want to improve and enhance the capacity of the interchange and improve safety throughout that area to accommodate current and future needs,” said Kerri Lewis, senior customer relations specialist with the Transportation Department.

About 100,000 vehicles flow through the interchange daily.

The department will hold a session from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 to gather comments about the preliminary plans as well as other enhancements planned in the area, including the widening of Missouri 210 from North Eldon Avenue in Kansas City, North, to Missouri 291.

The hearing will be in the Maple Room at the Holiday Inn-Kansas City Northeast, 7333 Parvin Road.

Plans also call for the replacement of two I-435 bridges over Missouri 210 and the construction of an additional through lane on I-435 in the project area.

People will be able to see the displays and comment at www.modot.org/kansascity beginning Jan. 30.

Comments will be accepted through Feb. 13, Lewis said.

Construction on the interchange is expected to begin in 2016.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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