Counties Impacted
Route Impacted
Work Type
Intersection Improvements
Planning Phase

Project Timeline

In Progress
Design and Right of Way Acquisition

MoDOT employees are working to design a project which will improve the intersection of U.S. Route 59/Route 752/Route U in southern St. Joseph. 

In redesigning the intersection, both permanent and temporary right of way will be required. MoDOT right of way staff will be reaching out to affected property owners in the coming months. 

In Progress
Public Input Opportunity

MoDOT will offer three opportunities to receive community feedback regarding the intersection improvement project


  1. An in-person public meeting will be held on Nov. 1, 2022, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Hosea Elementary School located at 6401 Gordon Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64504 . This will be an open house style meeting and community members are welcome to drop by anytime between 4:30 - 6 p.m. to speak with project experts and provide feedback. No formal presentation will be made. 
  2. View the information on this webpage and utilize the form at the bottom of the page to submit your comments and/or sign up for project-specific updates. Comments must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. 
  3. Mail your comments to:             

                U.S. Route 59 Intersection Improvement Project 

               Missouri Department of Transportation

                3602 North Belt Highway

                St. Joseph, MO 64506

          All comments must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.


A in-person stakeholder meeting with impacted businesses, organizations and individuals will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022.


We are committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact NW District Communications at 816-901-4529 by Oct. 26, 2022. 

Not Started
Contractor Bid and Award

This project will be a part of the September 2024 letting when contractors will be able to submit competitive bids to construct the project. 

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will review all bids and awards at the October 2024 meeting. 

Not Started
Project Construction

This project currently has a November 2024 notice to proceed, which is the earliest date the contractor may begin work.

When the contract is awarded, the contractor will work with MoDOT to determine the exact schedule of work.


Buchanan County U.S. Route 59 southbound

About the project:

Project plans are underway for intersection improvements at Buchanan County U.S. Route 59 and Routes 752 and U. The southern St. Joseph intersection is vital to local, motor carrier and rail traffic. The intersection improvement project aims to improve tractor-trailer turning movements and increase capacity for vehicles stopped at the Route U train crossing. 

Proposed Project Plans and Detour Routes

U.S. Route 59 Intersection Improvement Project Design Plans

View the proposed design plans for the U.S. Route 59/Route 752/Route U intersection improvement project. 

U.S. Route 59 Intersection Improvement Project Detour Route Plans

View the proposed detour route plans for the U.S. Route 59/Route 752/Route U intersection improvement project. 

Project Information Flyer

View and download the English/Spanish project information flyer. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Will the road be closed during construction?

A: Yes, during construction Eureka Street at U.S. Route 59 will be closed. Also, various roadways accessing U.S. Route 59, Route 752 and Route U will see temporary closures throughout the duration of the project. These routes include: 

 - Roads along U.S. Route 59: Kentucky Street, the alley between Kentucky Street and Alabama, West Valley, and Route 752 east of U.S. Route 59

- Roads along Route U: Stockyards Expressway 

- Roads along Route 752: Lake Avenue, Brown Street and Sherman Street.

Closure timeframes will be determined prior to start of construction in 2024.

Q: Will MoDOT need to acquire any right of way?

A: Yes. MoDOT's Right of Way staff and consultants are beginning the process of contacting property owners for any necessary right of way needed for the project. Right of way discussions are anticipated to continue through 2023. 

Q: How will construction affect local businesses? 

A: MoDOT is committed to ensuring that businesses and patrons within the project limits maintain access throughout the duration of the project.

Q:  Why not install traffic signals?

A: Current traffic modeling indicates that signals are not warranted for these intersections. MoDOT will continue to monitor the intersections and traffic models. 

Q : Why not build a bridge over the railroad?

A.  The proximity of the railroad to U.S. Route 59 does not allow enough room to build a bridge over the railroad. In order to build a bridge, the intersection would have to move several hundred feet to the east to realign with U.S. Route 59. This would require acquiring a large amount of right of way including private residences, significantly impacting area neighborhoods. 

Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?

A: Questions about the project may be directed to Joyce Reynolds, MoDOT's project manager overseeing the project at or by phone 816-387-2411. Questions and comments may also be submitted by using the form below. 

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Need more information?

We're here to help! If you're looking for additional information, you can contact us at: 

  • 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) - reference Buchanan County U.S. Route 59 Intersection Improvement Project