I-70 has immediate needs that must be met. In
doing so, MoDOT must ensure that dollars spent today are not wasted
tomorrow. To accomplish that goal, MoDOT launched “Improve
Improve I-70 is an umbrella term
used to describe a group of past and current studies of I-70 between Independence and St. Louis. Improve I-70
continues the work of the initial I-70 Improvement Study, an Environmental
Impact Statement that explored responses to the condition of I-70 and
selected the strategy of widening and reconstructing the existing
The Second Tier Improve I-70 studies took
that strategy to the next level of detail, working with local communities
to determine the location and basic configuration of I-70 improvements.
This effort resulted in both a long-term vision and a short term
plan for I-70, ensuring that improvements made in the coming years
are in sync with the ultimate facility.
The Improve I-70 SEIS is a further continuation of that work, comparing the impacts, costs and benefits determined in the Improve I-70 studies with the impacts, costs and benefits of rebuilding the highway with truck only lanes.
Currently, no funding is allocated for the design
or construction of any major I-70 improvements. Without an increase
in funding, long-term improvements to I-70 may never be affordable
to Missouri and tough decisions will need to be made regarding what
can be done with the funding available.
But the lack of funding does not eliminate the
need for sound planning. Completion of the Improve I-70
studies helped ensure that all decisions about I-70 improvements
are made in an open, collaborative way while balancing environmental
issues and community concerns. Study results also will help MoDOT,
local communities, and potentially affected businesses and property
owners prepare for the future.
Process page to get an overview of the events leading to Improve
Project page to learn more about what lies ahead.