You’re driving home from the ball game and you want the ramp to Interstate 70. But what do you get? A lonely trip up winding, hilly Fremont Avenue in east Kansas City.
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Debbie McMillan blames signs that are in the wrong place for motorists leaving westbound U.S. 40 for westbound I-70 between the Truman Sports Complex and downtown.
“First off, the sign telling anyone that road is actually Fremont is missing,” McMillan said. “Second, the highway sign that directs traffic to I-70 west is right in front of the exit onto Fremont, and a second sign is right after Fremont with an arrow pointing towards Fremont. Third, there is seldom a working (street) light at this corner.”
McMillan, of Kansas City, Kan., realizes space is limited between the ramp and the road, but she hopes the problem can be fixed.
In less than an hour one evening, she saw six cars take the wrong road. She said one elderly man got out of his vehicle, totally confused about where he was.
Shaken by the image of a befuddled old man wandering around in the dark, the Watchdog began to whimper — into a friendly ear at the Missouri Department of Transportation. The agency promised to reduce the confusion.
The large green interstate sign just east of Fremont Avenue will be removed, said intermediate traffic studies specialist Alejandro Martinez, leaving only a new, large interstate sign west of Fremont and a smaller interstate route marker sign designating the I-70 ramp right next to it.
The city street sign for Fremont Avenue will be reinstalled, too.
The Watchdog says he has fully recovered from his emotional breakdown, but he still hopes that gentleman got home all right.