As MoDOT funds dwindle, KC worries about increasing traffic in Northland

Jim Cunningham
November 14, 2017 - 7:35 am

Jim Cunningham


As Kansas City officials weigh options for fixing or replacing the Buck O'Neil Bridge, there is another concern - increasing traffic north of the river. 

In 2011, there was an average of 44,000 vehicles a day traveling on I-29 from 152 Highway to 169 Highway. According to the most recent traffic count, the roadway is now carrying 55,000 vehicles. 

The trend of increasing traffic has been a consistent trend, said Shelie Daniel, MoDOT Engineer.

"We're seeing more traffic on 152 and 169 but we're also seeing it on I-35 and I-29 as well," Daniel said.

It is important to look at the road ahead, said Dan Fowler, Kansas City councilman. 

"We're going to be in a position in a number of years that I'd rather not see," Fowler said, predicting traffic congestion in the future. "I think we need to be conscious of that."

Fowler says GO bonds will address some secondary roads in the Northland, but limited state funds will pose a problem for the interstates and highways.

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