Interstate 435 North - Shawnee to Kansas City

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Interstate 435 North
Crossing Little Mill Creek, Interstate 435 lowers into a diamond interchange (Exit 5) with Midland Drive in south Shawnee. Photo taken 11/04/03.
I-435 next enters the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 6A/B) with Shawnee Mission Parkway. The east-west expressway bisects Shawnee west to K-7 and east to 63rd Street beyond Pflumm Road. 63rd Street extends the road east to Merriam and U.S. 56-69-169 at I-35 as a busy commercial arterial. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Shawnee Mission Parkway west ends at a cloverleaf interchange with K-7 across from 67th Street. The parkway was formerly a part of K-10, which ran west from I-35 to K-7 south to join its current alignment. Photo taken 11/04/03.
A fourth northbound lane accompanies I-435 from Shawnee Mission Parkway to the folded diamond interchange (Exit 6C) with Johnson Drive in Shawnee. Photo taken 11/04/03.
The last Shawnee exit joins the beltway north with Holliday Drive west to the Deffenbaugh - Johnson County Landfill and east to Quivira Lake. Photo taken 11/04/03.
Interstate 435 crosses the Kansas River with six overall lanes on a pair of bridges built in 1981. Exit 8B departs from the beltway just north of the bridge to an industrial area of south Edwardsville. Photo taken 11/04/03.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 8B) connects Interstate 435 with Woodend Road. Woodend Road comprises a local road west to 9th Street and east to South 88th Street. Photo taken 11/04/03.
K-32 (Kaw Drive) parallels a Union Pacific Railroad line west through Edwardsville to Bonner Springs and east through the Muncie-Stony Point section of Kansas City. The state highway stretches 32.36 miles from U.S. 24 & 40 outside Lawrence to U.S. 69 (18th Street Expressway). Photo taken 11/04/03.
Interstate 435 confirming marker posted at the 98th Street underpass in Edwardsville. This assembly was later replaced and moved closer to the outside shoulder. Photo taken 10/17/04.
Interchange sequence sign posted a half mile ahead of Interstate 70 (Kansas Turnpike) and one mile from State Avenue. This sign was replaced by 2009 to reflect the relocation of U.S. 24 & 40 from State Avenue onto I-70. Photo taken 10/17/04.
Exit 12A departs next for Interstate 70 & U.S. 24-40 (Kansas Turnpike) east through Kansas City. U.S. 40 overlaps with I-70 off and on to Wentzville (I-64) and the St. Louis metropolitan area. U.S. 24 follows the freeway east to Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Photo taken 10/17/04.
A directional cloverleaf interchange joins Interstates 435 and 70 (Kansas Turnpike). The easternmost extent of the Kansas Turnpike, from Exit 224 at Bonner Springs to Exit 420 with the 18th Street Expressway, is toll free. Photo taken 10/17/04.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 24-40 straddle the Edwardsville and Kansas City line west to Bonner Springs, where they part ways at K-7. U.S. 24 & 40 parallel the tolled Kansas Turnpike west to Tonganoxie and Lawrence, while I-70 bee lines for Topeka. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Ramps for the adjacent six-ramp parclo interchange (Exits 13A/B) with State Avenue (old U.S. 24-40-73) tie into the exchange with Interstate 70 (Kansas Turnpike). State Avenue ventures east as a four lane arterial to the Victory Hills and Coronado areas of Kansas City. The former alignment of U.S. 24 & 73 extends east to the city center. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Interstate 435 north expands to five lanes ahead of the loop ramp (Exit 13B) for State Avenue west to Kansas Speedway. State Avenue was realigned due to construction of the speedway in 1999. It carried U.S. 24-40-73 west to K-7 until 2008, when the rebuilt highway was turned over to local control.1 U.S. 73 ended at I-435 as well. Photo taken 06/19/15.
The increased capacity of I-435 between I-70 and State Avenue west handles race day traffic for Kansas Speedway. The first NASCAR events were held at the track in 2001 and the 1.5 mile tri-oval today hosts two NASCAR Cup series races per year. Photo taken 06/19/15.
A myriad of commercial development surrounds Kansas Speedway to the north of State Avenue. The site also includes Children's Mercy Park, home of Sporting Kansas City (MLS), and CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway opened for business to the south in February 2012. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Continuing north, Interstate 435 quickly approaches the commercialized junction (Exits 14A/B) with Parallel Parkway. K-5 north ties into the freeway at the succeeding interchange. Photo taken 06/19/15.
A full cloverleaf interchange presently joins the Kansas City beltway with Parallel Parkway at Exits 14A/B. The I-435 / I-70 Village West Regional Transportation Study in 2010 recommended converting the junction into either a standard diamond interchange or a DDI.2 Photo taken 06/19/15.
Exit 14A leaves Interstate 435 north for Parallel Parkway east by the 61 acre Legends Auto Plaza developed in 2015-16. Parallel Parkway travels the width of Kansas City east to 5th Street in the Northeast district. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Parallel Parkway travels between the Legends at Village West outlet mall and the Plaza at the Speedway shopping center and other retail to the immediate west of I-435. The four-lane road becomes more rural on the drive west to U.S. 73 & K-7 and the city of Basehor. Photo taken 06/19/15.
This interchange sequence sign outlines the final Kansas off-ramps before Interstate 435 turns east across the Missouri River. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Interstate 435 swells to eight overall lanes from Parallel Parkway north to Exit 15A with K-5 (Leavenworth Road) south. K-5 travels 24.07 miles overall between U.S. 69 in the Fairfax Industrial District of Kansas City, and U.S. 73 & K-7 in the city of Leavenworth. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Signed as K-5 south, Leavenworth Road takes the state highway due east from Exit 15A to the Nearman Hills, Bethel-Welborn and Quindaro Bluffs neighborhoods of KC and a short overlap with Interstate 635. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Confirming markers for Interstate 435 & K-5 north stand within the full cloverleaf interchange at Leavenworth Road. K-5 north has yet to merge onto the beltway however. Photo taken 06/19/15.
West from Exit 15B, Leavenworth Road transitions into a rural like two lane road to the settlement of Piper and northern reaches of Basehor. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Interstate 435 K-5 North
Interstate 435 & K-5 overlap for 3.00 miles through still rural areas of west Kansas City. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Donahoo Road stems west from 99th Street and Hurrelbrink Road near The Woodlands, a greyhound and horse racetrack closed in 2008, to meet the beltway at Exit 16 in a quarter mile. Photo taken 06/19/15.
West from the diamond interchange (Exit 16) with I-435, Donahoo Road passes between the Clearview and Woodland Hills subdivisions on the 4.5 mile drive to 141st Street in Basehor. Photo taken 06/19/15.
One and a half miles ahead of Exit 18 for the departing K-5 and 93rd Street on I-435 north. Prior to the completion of Interstate 435, K-5 followed a stair stepped route north from Leavenworth Avenue along 99th Street, 97th Street, Nelson Lane and 93rd Street to Wolcott Drive. Photo taken 06/19/15.
The northbound freeway makes an S-curve through a shallow valley fed by Connor Creek to the split with K-5 north. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Forthcoming Exit 18 serves Wyandotte County Lake Park to the south via 93rd Street. The first exit in the Show Me State lies five miles ahead with Missouri 45 in Parkville. Photo taken 06/19/15.
K-5 north parts ways with Interstate 435 at a diamond interchange (Exit 18). The state highway dog legs north to Wolcott Drive at Hutton Road. Wolcott Drive traverses the bluffs west of the Missouri River to Lansing. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Interstate 435 North
Interstate 435 veers eastward from Wolcott across flat agricultural areas ahead of Diamond Island and the Missouri River. Photo taken 06/19/15.
Kansas often posts signs along departing highways and freeways as they leave the state. The six-lane span across the Missouri River underwent a repair project from April to December in 2015. Photo taken 06/19/15.
I-435 enters Platte County, Missouri midway across the Missouri River. The twin bridges here were completed by 1985. Photo taken 06/19/15.


 
Sources:
  1. US Highway 40, Kansas Highways Routelog.
  2. Chapter 5 - Parallel Parkway Corridor Improvements, August 2010. I-435 / I-70 Village West Regional Transportation Study.


Photo Credits:

  • 11/04/03 by Justin Cozart.
  • 10/17/04 by AARoads.
  • 06/19/15 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 10-27-2016.