Kansas City Planning and Studies

MoDOT’s Kansas City District works with local public agencies that receive federal funds through Transportation Enhancements, Off-System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation, On-System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, Surface Transportation Program and Safe Routes to School.


Current Planning Studies

  • The Second Tier EIS built on and extended the work of the I-70 First Tier EIS for future I-70. These studies identified options that would improve safety and efficiency for I-70 users, and protect neighborhoods, cultural resources and any environmentally sensitive areas in or near the corridor. 
  • The Beyond the Loop study reviews the area known as the North Loop, which also includes the Broadway Bridge, recently renamed the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge. The bridge is a triple arch bridge over the Missouri River on U.S. Highway 169 that provides a key north/south regional connection. It directly interacts with the North Loop, the portion of Interstate 70 between the Paseo and the Kaw River on the north side of Kansas City’s downtown, a key east/west connection. 
  • Buck O'Neil Bridge Environmental  Study is currently being conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and is required before major improvements to the crossing can be made. The environmental study will focus on the U.S. 169 corridor from Missouri Route 9 (MO 9) to I-35, identified as a segment of independent utility in the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study completed in 2018 by the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City, Missouri, and MoDOT. The Buck O’Neil Bridge is part of that corridor.
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Completed Studies

  • MoDOT is conducting a feasibility study of I-35 between the southwest corner of the downtown loop and the Kansas state line.
  • The M-350 Highway/Blue Parkway Corridor Redevelopment Study is a multi-phase study to develop a plan for the economic rejuvenation and redevelopment of the corridor
  • MoDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) propose to reconstruct and widen Interstate 29/35 with new interchange configurations, structures and roadways in Clay and Jackson Counties.
  • The I-470 Purpose and Need Study is the first step to gather detailed information on the stretch of I-470 from Blue Ridge Boulevard on the western end to 39th Street on the eastern end.
  • In 2000, MoDOT launched a study to determine potential transportation improvements for the U.S. 50 Corridor, a 10-mile stretch of highway extending from I-470 east to Missouri Route 7.
  • Flintlock OverpassThe proposed action is comprised of an overpass of I-35 that will connect Flintlock Road north of I-35 at NE 76th Street to Flintlock Road (formerly Hughes Road) south of I-35 at W Liberty Drive.
  • This study focused on connections to Downtown, but also considered travel demands between Downtown and the Kansas City International Airport economic activity center.