I-435 South Loop project to bring 10 lanes of freeway freedom

KMBZ News Staff
October 14, 2019 - 6:06 am

MoDOT Kansas City District

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Kansas City, MO -  The I-435 South Loop Link project, stretching from Three Trails Crossing to State Line Road is nearing completion. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is expanding I-435 to five lanes in both directions - the first 10-lane wide interstate in the Metro.

The freeway first opened in 1966 and was in desperate need of safety and traffic flow improvements, says Perry Allen, assistant district engineer for the MoDOT Kansas City District.

"This was the highest volume corridor in the Kansas City area, with the highest safety problem for crashes," Allen said. 

While drivers have been dealing with congestion and traffic-induced headaches for months now, Allen added stretches of the road will reopen to traffic soon.

"As we move down the road, as we move further west over the next month or so, all of that will start opening up," Allen said. "And then it will be free-flow conditions again."

The entire project won't actually be finished until May 1, 2020, as MoDOT crews continue to make improvements to the roadway.

The project was estimated to cost more than $90 million, but Allen says once it's completed it should cost around $64 million. 

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