Counties Impacted
Project Status
In Progress

About the Project

In partnership with the City of Kearney, MoDOT will construct a new interchange on I-35 at 19th Street (144th Street) approximately 1 mile south of Route 92.  The new interchange will cross over I-35 and will include ramps to/from I-35. The improvements will also include bike lanes and accommodate pedestrians with trail and sidewalk. 

In addition, the project will also feature two separate roundabouts. One will be constructed at the Watson Drive intersection, and the other will be at the future site of the Sam Barr Road intersection.  

The new interchange will help connect the west and east side of the City of Kearney by providing additional access across I-35.  It will also help promote economic development, reduce the travel time and congestion for commuters and provide safer non-motorized transportation options.

The project is currently estimated to be $27 Million.  It is jointly funded by MoDOT and the City of Kearney.

  •  MoDOT will fund up to $10 Million from the statewide Cost Share Program.
  • City of Kearney will fund the remaining balance from a dedicated 1% sales tax that was approved by the voters in April 2018.

Traffic Impacts and Timeline

The majority of the project will be constructed in undeveloped areas and will have little impact to traffic during construction. The project construction is anticipated to begin in Spring of 2022 and should be open to traffic in the spring of 2024.

    Public Involvement

    MoDOT held a  public hearing about this project on  Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the Kearney City Hall located at 100 E Washington St, Kearney, Missouri 64060. 

    Press Releases


    Check out these photos of construction of the I-35 and 19th Street Interchange in Kearney.
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    I-35 and 19th Street Interchange