I-470, Exit 15
Route 131, Exit 37
Section 1 is the westernmost section of
the I-70 study corridor. It stretches between I-470, near
Independence, and Highway 131 in Odessa.
This Jackson County section of I-70 includes
rapidly growing areas, including Blue Springs, Oak Grove
and Grain Valley. Once rural communities, they are now centers
for business, transit and truck operations, and new housing.
Increased traffic demands are one of the critical elements
of Improve I-70 in this area, as is coordinating with the
I-70 Major Investment Study (MIS), which explored options for
improving I-70 between Jackson County’s eastern boundary
and the downtown loop in Kansas City, Missouri.
Further west in Lafayette County lies
Odessa, home of a local outlet mall. Increased traffic on
this stretch of I-70 raises critical issues relative to its
redesign and reconstruction, including maintenance of traffic
and potential impacts to businesses. The Section 1 team will
be working closely with communities, businesses and residents
to address the needs for access, traffic capacity, and safety
for the traveling public.