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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is conducting an environmental study of I-70 in Jackson County. The study is a Second Tier Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the future I-70 from the Paseo Boulevard interchange to the Blue Ridge Cutoff interchange.

Why is MoDOT doing the study now?

The intent of the Tier II EIS is to build on and extend the work of the I-70 First Tier EIS for future I-70. 

The Tier II EIS will analyze a shorter section of I-70 in greater detail, and could result in a possible plans to improve I-70.  Once this study is completed, the best possible plan is in place to improve I-70 when funding is available for construction. 

What is the purpose of this study? 

The Tier II EIS will carry forward and refine the needs identified from the I-70 First Tier EIS and conduct an alternatives analysis based on the Improve Key Bottlenecks Strategy. 

Through this study, more specific definitions of the improvements and their potential impacts will be developed for consideration by the general public and the various resource agencies.  Examples of these improvements include modifying access, fixing existing pavement and bridges, improving interchange ramps, adding collector distributor roads, and providing for bus transit on shoulder.  

What is the study area? 

The study area stretches approximately 200 feet on either side of I-70 from west of the Paseo Boulevard interchange to east of the Blue Ridge Cutoff interchange in Jackson County, Missouri.  The project length is approximately 6.8 miles.  

What is the project timeline? 

The study will last about 30 months and conclude in spring 2014.

Will the study lead to construction projects? 

There is currently no funding for design or construction, so a start date cannot be estimated.  Only routine maintenance will occur in the foreseeable future. 

Developing transportation improvements involves four phases:

  • planning
  • environmental
  • design
  • construction

The I-70 Second Tier EIS is the in the environmental phase. The remaining phases are contingent upon available funding.  Anywhere from a few to many years could be needed to complete the entire process.

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