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June 13, 2014

A close look at transportation projects proposed by Missouri

The Missouri Department of Transportation will take public comments though July 3 on the projects it proposes to fund with the three-quarter-cent sales tax that’s on the Aug. 5 ballot.

If Missouri voters approve a three-quarter-cent sales tax Aug. 5, the state intends to widen Interstate 70 between the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.

The I-70 construction, which would add one lane in each direction between Wentzville and Independence, is the largest item on a list of more than 800 proposed projects released Friday by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Also on the list is a new Broadway Bridge near Wheeler Downtown Airport and improvements to the roadways on both sides of the bridge. A number of other improvements have been proposed for the Kansas City area, too.

Transportation officials plan to take public comments through July 3, and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will vote on a final list July 9.

Here’s what proposed in and around the 816 and 816 North coverage areas:

CASS COUNTY

Interstate 49/Missouri 58 interchange improvements.

CLAY COUNTY

Interstate 29/35 interchange improvements.

U.S. 169/Richards Road interchange upgrade at Wheeler Downtown Airport.

CLAY/JACKSON COUNTIES

New Broadway Bridge over Missouri River on U.S. 169.

CLAY/PLATTE COUNTIES

Expansion of Kansas City SCOUT.

JACKSON COUNTY

Interstate 70/435 interchange reconfiguration.

Interstate 435, additional lanes and improved bridges from Kansas to Interstate 49.

Interstate 70, additional lanes from Blue Ridge Cutoff to Interstate 470.

Interstate 470/U.S. 50 interchange improvements.

Interstate 70/35 and U.S. 169 interchange connecting to new Broadway Bridge.

Lee’s Summit Airport improvements.

Railroad crossing improvements near Manchester Trafficway at 12th, 15th, 17th, 37th and 39th streets.

Intermodal railroad connection at the Kansas City Port.

JOHNSON COUNTY

U.S. 50/Business 13 interchange improvements in Warrensburg.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY

I-70/Missouri 131 interchange improvements at Odessa.

U.S. 24/Missouri 131 interchange improvements near Wellington.

Missouri 23, sidewalk addition under I-70 at Concordia.

LAFAYETTE/JOHNSON COUNTIES

Missouri 13, additional passing lane from I-70 to north of Warrensburg.

More buses and increased service for OATS.

PLATTE COUNTY

Interstate 29/Missouri 45 interchange improvements.

RAY COUNTY

Missouri 13, resurfacing and addition of shoulders from Caldwell County to Business 10 in Richmond

Missouri 10, resurfacing and addition of shoulders from Clay County to Richmond.

Missouri 13, sidewalk addition from Business 10 to the north Richmond city limit.

KANSAS CITY AREA

Public transportation, non-motorized transportation like bicycle/pedestrian facilities, intermodal connections and/or congestion mitigation.

Funding for future sidewalks and non-motorized improvements.

To reach Elaine Adams, call 816-234-4732 or send email to eadams@kcstar.com.

Your turn to comment

The Missouri Department of Transportation is taking public comments on its transportation plan through July 3.

Online comments can be made at www.modot.org/movingforward.

Residents can also learn more at public meetings this week:

Lee’s Summit: 4-7 p.m. Monday, Gamber Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave.

Liberty: 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Heritage Hall, 117 W. Kansas St.

Kansas City: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road.

Blue Springs: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Vesper Hall, 400 N.W. Vesper St.

Independence: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave.

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