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71 + 49 = Quicker + Safer
December 12, 2012
Article announces that U.S. 71 has been officially renamed Interstate 49. Details regarding recent improvements aimed at bringing the highway up to federal interstate system standards are provided. A Missouri...
Area Roads Win a No. 1 Title: The Worst
May 27, 2005
A study by the Road Improvement Program, a Washington-based transportation research group, declared that Kansas City's roads are the worst among the nation's large metropolitan areas. Article includes...
Blame Sprawl for Crawls
October 25, 2010
A study by CEOs for Cities shows that "Kansas City ranks ninth among 51 metropolitan areas in the amount of time drivers spend on the road." The average commuter spends 229 hours on the road, more than...
County Third in Roads: In the Country Only Two Others Are Ahead in System
Article noting the extensiveness of the system of county roads in Jackson County, Missouri, as third best in the nation, behind only two counties in New York and Detroit, and making for very good transportation...
Enterprising North Missouri Farmers Started State on Way to Good Roads
Photo and article about the road improvement technologies used by Robert Hart (dying in 1934) of the Eagleville, Missouri, area (in Harrison County, Missouri) and others in northern Missouri, such as D....
Jim Wins by 1,755 Bricks
Photos, caption, and article about the winning of a brick-laying contest in Olathe, Kansas, by James Garfield "Indian Jim" Brown (also known as James Brown or Indian Jim) placing the "last 416 feet of...
KC Seen as Hub of Drug Routes
November 29, 2011
A federal study revealed that Kansas City is "a prime destination for drug traffickers who bring cocaine, heroin, marijuana and, to a lesser extent, methamphetamine from Mexico. And Interstate 35 is their...
Lawmaker's Bill Would Speed Up Watkins Drive
February 24, 2005
Missouri Representative Craig Bland wants to form a committee to think about installing overpasses on Bruce Watkins Drive so that traffic can move quicker. There are currently three stoplights, at Gregory...
National Old Trails Road: Ocean to Ocean Highway, as Endorsed by the Daughters of the American Revolution
Map of pioneer trails across the country, with specifically labeled sections, including "Boons Lick Road--St. Louis to New Franklin," in Missouri, as well as the entire Santa Fe and Oregon Trails.
Residents Weigh In on Red Bridge Project
December 22, 2010
Article on the proposed plans for the next phases of the Red Bridge Project as discussed at a recent public open house meeting. The plans call for widening the road, creating sidewalks and trails, landscaping,...
Route 66 Celebrates 66th!
Article about the history of highway Route 66, one of the first transnational highways in the United States. It crosses Missouri and some sections are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Route of the Kansas City-St. Louis Rock Road
File containing a "map of the Old Trails Road across Missouri" supervised by Mrs. John Van Brunt (of Kansas City) and extending 303 miles from Saint Louis to Kansas City with some sections already paved...
The Road to Nowhere
August 29, 2011
Article discusses the difficulties caused by flooding, especially Interstate 29 that has been covered in water creating lengthy detours and large amounts of traffic to small towns as people travel between...
Traveling the Jackson County Pike with a Resident of Old Westport
Illustrations and autobiographical article about Virginia Harris Thornton, or Virginia Thornton, wife of Robert Thornton and granddaughter of John C. McCoy growing up in Westport at 40th and Washington...
Triangle Trauma Will Soon Fade
December 13, 2007
Illustration and article about the changes to the Grandview Triangle, a "sea of congestion where Interstate 470, Interstate 435 and U.S. 71 converge in southeast Kansas City." In 2005 the Missouri General...
Undaunted Patience: Lewis and Clark Expressway Will Blaze New Transportation Trail
June 9-15, 2006
Plans are now in the final stages for the Lewis and Clark Expressway. It will be a road that will connect Interstate 70 with Highway 24 before going north through Sugar Creek and ending at Front Street...
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