Interstate 29

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Interstate 29 originates in Downtown Kansas City amid the Alphabet Loop of I-35, I-70 and I-670 encircling the central business district. The 131 mile route through northwestern Missouri generally parallels the Missouri River as it separates the Show Me State from Kansas and Nebraska to the west. I-29 forms a international trade corridor north from Kansas City and Omaha to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and as such, trucks favor the route north to Council Bluffs, Iowa. The freeway also serves the city of St. Joseph midway between KC and the Iowa state line at Hamburg, with an urban loop (I-229) connecting I-29 with its Downtown and neighboring Elwood, Kansas.

U.S. 71 overlaps with Interstate 29 north from Kansas City to the St. Joseph area. U.S. 59 takes over from there to Craig while either running in tandem with the freeway or traveling nearby. The southern 5.5 mile section of I-29 overlaps with Interstate 35 to provide route continuity to I-70. Historically this section extended further, making up both the north and west legs of the Alphabet Loop until that section was truncated in 1975.

The Paseo Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Missouri River north of Downtown Kansas City, opened to traffic in 1954. It connected with the North Midtown Freeway, which initially opened in 1955. Construction of the remaining portion of I-29 through Kansas City was completed in 1970, with the last phase opened between Platte Woods and construction site of Kansas City International Airport (MCI). The airport was finished in 1972.1

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Interstate 29 scenes
Prairie View Road runs along the west side of I-29 & U.S. 71 from MCI Airport south to Missouri 152. The frontage road swings outward at Tiffany Springs Parkway, which connects the freeway at Exit 10. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Main Street leads east from the Platte City center to becomes Highway HH at Prairie View Road (old U.S. 71) and a modified diamond interchange with Interstate 29 & U.S. 71. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Prairie View Road leads south from Highway HH and Main Street in Platte City to separate into single lane ramps for I-29 south and Missouri 92 (Branch Street). Photo taken 06/18/15.
Tiffany Springs Parkway DDI
Tiffany Springs Parkway intersects Prairie View Road, the west side frontage road to I-29 through the Northland area in Kansas City, prior to the diverging diamond interchange with the freeway. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Entering the DDI on Tiffany Springs Parkway east, motorists first depart for Interstate 29 & U.S. 71 south toward Downtown Kansas City. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Tiffany Springs Parkway east shifts to the left side at a signalized intersection for the northbound ramp. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Passing under I-29, signs partition traffic to the freeway north to St. Joseph and the adjacent intersection with Ambassador Drive. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Eastbound drivers enter a second signalized intersection as Tiffany Springs Parkway exits the I-29 DDI. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Tiffany Springs Parkway links Interstate 29 with Ambassador Drive north to Airworld Center Business Park and Congress Avenue. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Tiffany Springs Parkway west enters the DDI with I-29 & U.S. 71 between Ambassador Drive and Prairie View Road. Photo taken 06/18/15.
A right turn takes motorists onto Interstate 29 & U.S. 71 north to MCI Airport and St. Joseph as Tiffany Springs Parkway west shifts to the left. Photo taken 06/18/15.
Two lanes turn left from Tiffany Springs Parkway for the final miles of Interstate 29 leading south to the Alphabet Loop in Downtown Kansas City. Photo taken 06/18/15.
The remaining two lanes of Tiffany Springs Parkway west return to the right side of eastbound as the parkway leaves the DDI with I-29. Photo taken 06/18/15.

Sources:
  1. "KC, north, booms at last - With KCI, growth figured to follow, but - leaders had not planned on it taking so long - Success means - opportunity elsewhere in city." Kansas City Star, The (MO), October 1, 2000.


Photo Credits:

06/18/15 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 35
Interstate 70
Interstate 435

Page Updated 10-21-2016.