KANSAS CITY - With the severe winter weather forecast for Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Missouri Department of Transportation has decided to postpone its first mobile meeting to gather input on the preferred alternative for the Interstate 70 environmental study. The study includes approximately seven miles of I-70 from The Paseo interchange to Blue Ridge Cutoff interchange and should be completed soon with the help of extensive community guidance.
"We are seeking input to ensure this is the best preferred improvement strategy for this section of I-70, but we want to ensure the safety of our public first," said MoDOT Area Engineer Matt Killion. "We will reschedule this meeting to a later date in February, and anyone with comments can still go online at www.metroi70.com."
In 2013, MoDOT gathered community feedback on the three improvement alternatives under consideration for I-70: No-Build, Geometric Improvements, and Interchange Consolidations. Based on public input and detailed analysis, MoDOT is recommending a
Preferred Alternative for the roadway. The alternative involves:
- Making improvements to interstate ramps, as well as in areas where drivers merge with or maneuver through other traffic, resulting in safer traffic operations.
- Consolidating one interchange and two ramps to increase safety and minimize impacts.
- Rebuilding and/or rehabilitating I-70 pavement and bridges, along with improvements to the Benton and Jackson Curves, over time.
- Improving bicycle and pedestrian access across I-70.
- Continuing transit and Intelligent Transportation System coordination in the study area through Operation Green Light, Smart Moves Regional Transit Vision, and the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis.
- Beginning Jan. 17 through Mar. 7, 2014, MoDOT is gathering input from the community about the preferred alternative (described in the Draft I-70 Second Tier Environmental Impact Statement) for improving the transportation issues facing the highway.
Location Public Hearing
Tues., Feb. 11, 2014
4 to 7 p.m.
Gregg/Klice Community Center
1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014*
8 to 10 a.m.
Kansas City VA Medical Center
4801 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64128
Thurs., Feb. 20, 2014*
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library: Northeast Branch
6000 Wilson Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64123
Tues., Feb. 25, 2014
Time and Place TBD
The study kicked off in December 2011, will last about 34 months, and conclude in summer 2014. It builds upon the broader work of the I-70 First Tier Environmental Impact Statement to help devise a more detailed plan on how to best improve the safety and operations of I-70. The portion of interstate under study is experiencing pavement and bridge deterioration, traffic delays and congestion, and merging/weaving issues at interchanges.
For more information about this study, to include history, timeline and community involvement opportunities, please visit the project website at http://www.modot.org/kansascity/metroi70/index.htm.
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