Missouri’s I-70 Expansion to Begin Soon

May 2, 2024
The interstate is getting a much-needed upgrade this summer

Missouri’s Interstate 70 Expansion project is making strides. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), construction of the third lane in both directions could start following the Fourth of July holiday.

MoDOT held an open house on Wednesday to showcase the Improve I-70 Project. Maps of the planned construction were on display as representatives for the project answered questions from attending residents.

Jeff Gander, the project director for the Columbia to Kingdom Come portion, says they anticipate to begin construction on the $405 million project shortly after the Fourth of July weekend with hopes of finishing in late 2027.

“We will start in probably multiple places in the corridor, one of which being at the connecter, most of the stuff we're doing early on will not affect traffic. We will try to do as much as we can offline,” Gander said in an interview with KRCG.

Gander says the project from Columbia to Kingdom City will include an additional lane on the 20-mile stretch of interstate, the resurfacing of each lane, improvements to the I-70 and Route 54 interchange with two new bridges, and a roundabout interchange.

It will also include improvements to the I-70 and Route 63 interchange with two direct connection ramps – northbound Route 63 to Westbound I-70 and eastbound I-70 to southbound Route 63, four new roundabouts, two underpasses, and a collector-distributer road to facilitate the movement of traffic to the new interchange.


Source: KOMU.com, KRCG

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