Interstate 35 angles through northwestern Missouri for 114.26 miles from Kansas City to the Iowa state line north of Eagleville. The freeway forms the west and north legs of the Alphabet Loop, an urban beltway surrounding the Kansas City Central Business District. I-35 overlaps with I-70 on the north leg, and I-29 from the Alphabet Loop northward to the Crestview and Colonial Square neighborhoods beyond North Kansas City.
Northeast from the split with I-29 & U.S. 71, Interstate 35 parallels or overlaps with U.S. 69 as it leaves Kansas City via Claycomo and Liberty. The two routes cross paths several times from Cameron north to Bethany and Lamoni, Iowa. Additionally Missouri 110, the Chicago Kansas City Expressway (CKC), overlaps with I-35 from Interstate 435 at Claycomo to U.S. 36 at Cameron. Reassurance markers along this stretch omit I-35 in favor of the state highway.
The Paseo Bridge opened as a new alignment of U.S. 69 Alternate and then U.S. 71 across the Missouri River between Downtown and North Kansas City in 1954. Construction on the Midtown Freeway followed, with the first section opened in 1955.1
Interstate 35 Missouri Highway Guides
- "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.
Page Updated 10-21-2016.