Interstate 70 in Mid-Missouri
I-70 is a vital lifeline for moving people, goods, and information across Missouri and beyond. This interstate was constructed more than 50 years ago, and with the availability of additional federal and state funding, now is the time to make it fully functional for the demands of the 21st century.
Outside of Kansas City and St. Louis, Columbia is the largest city along I-70 in the state, with over 125,000 residents. Columbia is home of the University of Missouri-Columbia, which has an enrollment of 26,000 students and is the city’s largest employer.
West: Just east of Route BB to just west of MO 740 (Stadium Blvd.)
Central: Just west of Stadium Blvd. to just east of the I-70/Route 63 interchange (Connector)
East: Just east of the Connector to just east of Route Z
The study team is currently reviewing strategies to improve aging infrastructure throughout these sections, as well as possible solutions to improve the interstate through Columbia. This includes the Connector as well as interstate crossings at:
- Boone County Routes J and O
- U.S. Route 40
- Stadium Blvd.
- Business Loop 70
- MO 163 (Providence Road)
- MO 763 (Rangeline Road)
- E. St. Charles Road
- Boone County Route Z
The MoDOT Central District, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, are in the process of re-evaluating the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of I-70 from just east of Route BB to just east of Route Z in Boone County. A National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) re-evaluation is necessary because the final EIS document was completed over 15 years ago, and the existing conditions, possible solutions, potential impacts, and related mitigation measures may have changed.
Virtual Public Information Meeting - July 13-July 31, 2022
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) held virtual and in-person Public Information Meetings in the month of July 2022 to seek feedback on a study of Interstate 70 through Columbia, including potential alternatives at the I-70/U.S. Route 63 Connector.
The virtual presentation is still available and includes an overview of the NEPA process, a map of the I-70 corridor being re-evaluated, and an overview of reasonable alternatives.
More information and additional opportunities for comment will be available later in 2022.
- OCOTOBER 2021: EIS Re-Evaluation Begins
- MAY 2022: Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #1
- JULY 2022: CAG Meeting #2
- JULY 2022: Virtual & In-Person Public Information Meeting (PIM) #1
- AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022: CAG Meeting #3 & PIM Meeting #2
- FALL 2022: Preparation of Re-Evaluation Documents
- END OF 2022: Re-Evaluation Document Approval
- BEGINS IN 2023: Design-Build Procurement Process