Missouri

Missouri dropping state named Interstate shields

First noted on our 2015 Upper Midwest and Great Plains trip along I-29, and dating back to at least 2012 with the establishment of Interstate 49 in Missouri, MoDOT continues to replace Interstate highway shields with markers that omit the state name. Joining neighboring Arkansas and Iowa, the three states opted for signs with larger [...]

By |2018-07-31T10:06:24+00:00June 1st, 2018|Interstate Highways, Missouri|0 Comments

Observations from the road: Topeka to the Quad Cities

Day 7 of our Midwest/Great Plains trip takes us east from Topeka back through Kansas City and then north to Des Moines before ending the day in the Quad Cities. We started out deciding to explore the Topeka area freeway system with spurs north and south along U.S. 75 before returning to Kansas City to [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:49+00:00July 17th, 2015|Interstate Highways, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, U. S. Highways|0 Comments

Observations from the road: Kansas City to Topeka

Continuing with Day 6 of our Midwest/Great Plains trip, we drove throughout Kansas City as peak hour traffic set in, with a path taking us back and forth from the Alphabet loop Downtown to suburbs such as Grandview and Lees Summit. Culminating our trudge through the I-435, K-10 and I-35 construction zone, we departed the [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:50+00:00July 16th, 2015|Highways, Interstate Highways, Kansas, Missouri|2 Comments

Observations from the road: Omaha to St. Joseph

Day 6 of our Midwest/Great Plains trip started out redriving many of the Omaha area freeways, dodging thunderstorms southward to Kansas City, and figuring out how far south to travel in Kansas. This post focuses on our morning drive around Omaha and the first AARoads visit to St. Joseph since Justin took photos here in [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:53+00:00July 14th, 2015|Highways, Interstate Highways, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska|0 Comments

QC Trip – Day 2 (I-74, I-72, I-172, etc.).

Brent drove from Chicago west to QC and met up for a joint trip southeast to Champaign. A quick cold front blew through the morning of, washing out most of the ride west. This view shows that construction along Interstate 88 (East-West Tollway) is finally complete! If you drove through in 2008, [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:20:25+00:00May 17th, 2010|Illinois, Interstate Highways, Iowa, Missouri, U. S. Highways|0 Comments

Iowa Trip Day 2 – MO to Quad Cities

Continuing the drive north from Sikeston to the Quad Cities, clouds dominated the day, and from Springfield northward, snow flakes joined the fray. Generally traveled northward along Interstate 55, with a loop onto the new I-64, I-270, and I-255 around St. Louis. Took Interstate 155 to Interstates 74/474 to the Quad Cities in light snow. [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:20:28+00:00December 26th, 2009|Highways, Illinois, Interstate Highways, Missouri, United States|1 Comment

Iowa Trip Day 1 – MS to MO

Some notes and photos from a holiday drive northward from the Gulf Coast area to Iowa. Day 1 focused on the Interstate 55 corridor northward to Sikeston, Missouri. The day started out foggy, with lots of standing water from recent floodwaters over southern Mississippi. The the sun shined northward to Grenada, where murky skies set [...]

New Interstates in the works

Three new Interstate sections are in the works, planned, or coming to fruition. Discussion on the AARoads Forum highlighted three recent additions: Interstate 781 is the number proposed for a new freeway spur from Interstate 81 to Fort Drum in Upstate New York. This route would enhance access to growing Fort Drum and bypass a [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:20:48+00:00October 11th, 2009|Indiana, Interstate Highways, Missouri, New York|0 Comments

Interstate 635 (the boring one)

Interstate 635 is an approximately 12 mile long bypass running to the west of downtown Kansas City. It is mostly in Kansas, but runs into Missouri as well. The entire route was recently reconstructed by KDOT in a $98 million project that also saw the rebuilding of its interchange with Interstate 70. Lets take a [...]

By |2018-01-17T15:11:19+00:00March 23rd, 2008|Interstate Highways, Kansas, Missouri|3 Comments

Scott, Janis, and Missouri

Missouri State Route 249 (two-fortynine, I-49, get it?) is a new freeway being constructed around the east side of Joplin. Currently, Joplin is served by Interstate 44 and a US 71 freeway that runs north from Arkansas and I-540. Such notable names as Langston Hughes and Jackass' Preston Lacy can claim Joplin as a hometown. [...]

By |2018-01-17T15:12:16+00:00March 17th, 2008|Missouri|1 Comment