Critical Northland Interchange Fails to Gain Support

Clay County leaders continue to wrestle with a major transportation issue: the I-29/I-35 interchange and other nearby connections that have long passed their decade’s old design capacity. 

Although motorists for years have dreaded the congested and confusing area, it is currently not listed for funding by the Missouri Department of Transportation, despite the urging of leaders from throughout the metro area. 

Part of the problem is the area outline, which includes nearby intersections like Antioch and I-35 west bound. This ramp is so close to the I-29/I-35 junction that traffic using it causes backups on top of backups. Other entrances and exits like those at Parvin Road are long out of date. The extremely tight cloverleaf and short, almost non-existent ramp, forces those trying entry freeway traffic with dangerous, nearly blind, merging. Then there’s the southbound I-29 “ramp” merging onto I-35, which funnels into a one-lane choke point.

All these interchanges and surrounding road patterns translate into a price tag estimated at over $400 million. This may be a reason why the project is not even on MoDOT’s five-year plan.

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