The Watchdog

New interchange should make merging at Missouri 210 and I-435 less nerve-wracking

The problem

Nancy Rahfaldt gets the jitters when she drives west on Missouri 210 and exits to southbound Interstate 435 in the Northland.

Cars are speeding by from the north after leaving a 75-mph zone, but the merge lane is very short before it runs into the entrance ramp from eastbound Missouri 210.

“There is nowhere to go. Rush hour is particularly scary,” said Rahfaldt, who lives in Lee’s Summit.

The answer

The Missouri Department of Transportation says a new diverging diamond interchange will solve this problem.

“Once constructed, there will only be one ramp from Route 210 to I-435 south,” said Shelie Daniel, MoDOT’s area engineer for the Northland.

The project is planned to start in 2016.

The Watchdog has run into similar problems all over town. Often it’s entrance and exit ramps sharing the same short lane, so those entering the highway almost run into those trying to leave. Rural interchanges didn’t stay rural, did they?

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