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U.S. Route 36 (US 36) in the state of Missouri is an expressway with many freeway sections, connecting Kansas to Illinois. From Cameron to the Illinois state line, it forms part of the principal route between Kansas City and Chicago, known as the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway.

U.S. Route 36 marker

U.S. Route 36
V.F.W. Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length192.660 mi[1] (310.056 km)
Major junctions
West end US-36 in St. Joseph at the Kansas state line
 
East end
I-72 / US 36 / IL 110 (CKC) / Great River Road at the Illinois state line
Location
CountiesBuchanan, DeKalb, Caldwell, Livingston, Linn, Macon, Shelby, Ralls, Marion
Highway system
I-35Route 37

All of US 36 in Missouri is named the V.F.W. Memorial Highway.[2]

Route descriptionEdit

U.S. Route 36 in Missouri runs from the Pony Express Bridge over the Missouri River in St. Joseph to the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in Hannibal. After leaving the Missouri River valley, U.S. 36 then links major cities in Northern Missouri with Kansas City and cities in the east. From Cameron to the Illinois state line, it is overlapped with Missouri Route 110, also known as the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway. Starting in St. Joseph, it passes through the cities of Cameron, Hamilton, Chillicothe, Macon, Shelbina, Monroe City, and Brookfield. The final 2 miles (3.2 km) of US 36 in Missouri is concurrent with Interstate 72. The route passes through mostly flat, fertile, productive farmland. Even though there are some surface intersections, U.S. 36 has many grade-separated interchanges and town bypasses that suggest a future extension of I-72 west from Hannibal.

HistoryEdit

US 36 across Missouri parallels the route of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, which was the reason St. Joseph was selected for the Pony Express. The two towns were the second and third largest cities in the State of Missouri prior to the American Civil War. Prior to the establishment of the railroad in the late 1850s, the stagecoach route was called the "Hound Dog Trail."[3]

The road was originally Route 8 from 1922 to 1926, before being designated as US 36. Over the years some busier sections were upgraded to four lanes. On August 3, 2005, residents of Macon, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, and Ralls counties approved Proposition 36B, which excluded Ralls County from the Transportation Development District, and allowed for a 4-lane US 36 to be constructed without Ralls County's participation. In June 2010 work was completed making US 36 a four-lane highway across the entire state, saving considerable travel time.

FutureEdit

Presently I-72 ends at US 61 (Avenue of the Saints) in Hannibal, but further lengthening is proposed by Marion County. The five-item transportation list finalized by the County Commission on February 16, 2016, added the upgrade of US 36, from the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge across the Mississippi River, to the split of US 24 and US 36 near Rocket Plaza, as a new priority. Citing potential benefits including economic development and marketing of Hannibal Lakeside Industrial Park, the Commission advocate extending Interstate 72 west approximately seven miles (11 km).[4]

Major intersectionsEdit

All exits are unnumbered.

(Except one exit on the I-72 overlap)
CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Missouri River0.0000.000  US-36 westContinuation into Kansas
Pony Express Bridges; Kansas–Missouri state line
BuchananSt. Joseph0.195–
0.204
0.314–
0.328
    Route 759 to I-229 / US 59 north / 4th Street – Central Business District, StockyardsInterchange; 4th St. not signed eastbound; westbound signed as Route 759/4th St. only
0.296–
0.489
0.476–
0.787
   I-229 / US 59 – Kansas City, Central Business DistrictInterchange; no access to northbound I-229 from eastbound US 36 and no access to westbound US 36 from southbound I-229; exit 4B on I-229; western end of freeway section at traffic light for I-229 NB entrance ramp
0.573–
0.670
0.922–
1.078
  BL I-29 north (10th Street)Westbound entrance includes direct entrance ramp from 8th Street
1.4402.31722nd Street
1.9563.14828th Street
2.966–
3.456
4.773–
5.562
  US 169 (Belt Highway)
3.580–
4.079
5.761–
6.565
   I-29 / US 71 – Kansas City, Council BluffsExits 46A-B on I-29
5.0598.142  Route AC (Riverside Road)
SE 85th RoadAt-grade intersection; eastern end of freeway section
Marion Township11.74318.899  Route 31 south – GowerWestern end of Route 31 overlap
DeKalbWashington Township15.92525.629   Route 31 north to Route 6 – King CityEastern end of Route 31 overlap
Colfax Township24.78739.891  Route 33 south – PlattsburgWestern end of Route 33 overlap
27.18643.752   Route 33 north / Route M – Maysville, LathropEastern end of Route 33 overlap
Cameron32.89252.935 
  US 36 Bus. east (Grand Avenue)
33.693–
34.056
54.224–
54.808
   
    US 69 / BL I-35 south / US 36 Bus. west (Walnut Street)
Western end of Loop 35 overlap
34.538–
34.700
55.584–
55.844
     
    I-35 / Route 110 (CKC) south / BL I-35 ends – Kansas City, Des Moines
Eastern end of Loop 35 overlap; western end of Route 110 overlap
CaldwellHamilton Township44.46071.551 
  US 36 Bus. east – Hamilton
Hamilton46.60375.000  
   US 36 Bus. west / Route 13 – Gallatin, Kingston
Interchange
LivingstonChillicothe71.594–
71.852
115.219–
115.635
  
   US 65 east / US 36 Bus.
Interchange
72.459116.611 
  US 36 Bus. west
LinnParson Creek Township85.054136.881  Route 139 north – MeadvilleWestern end of Route 139 overlap
Jefferson Township89.952144.764  Route 130 south – Pershing State Park
Laclede91.830147.786   Route 5 north / Route 139 southEastern end of Route 139 overlap; western end of Route 5 overlap
Brookfield95.515153.716 
  US 36 Bus. east
97.359156.684  
   US 36 Bus. west / Route 11
MarcelineBucklin
township line
104.265–
104.717
167.798–
168.526
   Route 5 south / Route U – KeytesvilleInterchange; eastern end of Route 5 overlap
Bucklin Township107.000172.200  Route 129 north – BucklinWestern end of Route 129 overlap
MaconLingo Township112.553181.136  Route 129 south – SalisburyEastern end of Route 129 overlap
114.575–
115.042
184.391–
185.142
  Route 149 north – New CambriaInterchange
Callao Township121.166–
121.731
194.998–
195.907
  Route 3 – CallaoInterchange
Bevier Township124.603–
124.993
200.529–
201.157
   Route C / Route O – BevierInterchange
Hudson Township127.873–
128.316
205.792–
206.505
Long Branch Lake RoadInterchange
Macon130.053–
130.356
209.300–
209.788
  US 63 – Kirksville, MoberlyInterchange
Hudson Township132.978214.007 
  US 36 Bus. east
ShelbyClarence141.119–
141.645
227.109–
227.956
  
   US 36 Bus. east / Route 151 – Clarence
Interchange
142.403229.175 
  US 36 Bus. west
Shelbina152.972246.185 
  US 36 Bus. east
153.710–
154.120
247.372–
248.032
  Route 15 – Shelbina, Paris, ShelbyvilleInterchange
154.792249.114 
  US 36 Bus. west
MarionMonroe City170.138273.811 
  US 36 Bus. east
Ralls171.969–
172.490
276.757–
277.596
  
    US 24 west / US 36 Bus. west / Route Z
Interchange, western end of US 24 overlap; future western end of I-72
MarionMiller Township184.089–
184.442
296.263–
296.831
  US 24 east – PalmyraEastern end of US 24 overlap, west end of freeway section
Hannibal187.716–
188.111
302.100–
302.735
Shinn Lane
189.141–
189.557
304.393–
305.062
Veterans Road
190.604–
190.955
306.747–
307.312
   
    I-72 begins / US 61 / US 36 Bus. east – Palmyra, New London
Western end of I-72 overlap
191.573–
192.123
308.307–
309.192
  
   US 36 Bus. west / Route 79 south – Louisiana, Downtown Hannibal
Exit 157 along I-72
Mississippi River192.660310.056Mark Twain Memorial Bridge; Missouri–Illinois state line
   
    I-72 east / US 36 east / IL 110 (CKC) north – Springfield, Chicago
Continuation into Illinois
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Number Length (mi)[1] Length (km) Southern or western terminus Northern or eastern terminus Formed Removed Notes
 
  US 36 Bus.
1.6[5] 2.6 US 36 near the Missouri River in St. Joseph US 36 / US 59 Bus. / US 71 Bus. in St. Joseph 01959-01-011959 01963-01-011963 Served St. Joseph
 
  US 36 Bus.
1.504 2.420 US 36 in western Cameron US 36 / US 69 / Loop 35 in Cameron 01964-01-011964 current Serves Cameron
 
  US 36 Bus.
2.807 4.517 US 36 in Hamilton Township US 36 / Route 13 in Hamilton 01962-01-011962 current Serves Hamilton
 
  US 36 Bus.
1.042 1.677 US 36 / US 65 in Chillicothe US 36 in Chillicothe Serves Chillicothe
 
  US 36 Bus.
2.769 4.456 US 36 west of Brookfield US 36 / Route 11 in Brookfield 01955-01-011955 current Serves Brookfield
 
  US 36 Bus.
2.827 4.550 US 63 in Macon US 36 east of Macon 01973-01-011973[6] current Serves Macon
 
  US 36 Spur
1.0[7] 1.6 US 36 west of Macon Bourke Street in Macon 01956-01-011956 01973-01-011973[6] Former spur into Macon
 
  US 36 Bus.
1.498 2.411 N. 1st Street in Clarence US 36 east of Clarence Serves Clarence
 
  US 36 Bus.
1.772 2.852 US 36 west of Shelbina US 36 in eastern Shelbina 01968-01-011968[8] current Serves Shelbina
 
  US 36 Bus.
2.461 3.961 US 36 in western Monroe City US 24 / US 36 / Route Z in northeastern Monroe City 01976-01-011976[9] current Serves Monroe City
 
  US 36 Bus.
3.6[10] 5.8 US 36 / US 61 in Hannibal I-72 / US 36 / Route 79 in Hannibal 01960-01-011960 02013-01-012013 Served Hannibal
  •       Former

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Missouri Department of Transportation (August 13, 2014). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "A Look at Missouri's Named Highways and Bridges". Associated Press. August 24, 2002 – via LexisNexis.
  3. ^ The Hound Dog Trail: The Economy of Cameron - cameron-mo.com - Retrieved November 15, 2007
  4. ^ Henley, Danny. "Hannibal Expressway Tabbed as Ralls County Priority". Hannibal Courier. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Google (August 14, 2014). "US 36 St. Joseph business route" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  6. ^ a b U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (November 10, 1973). "U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved August 13, 2014 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  7. ^ Google (August 14, 2014). "US 63 Macon spur" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  8. ^ U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (June 18, 1968). "U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway Officials. Retrieved August 13, 2014 – via Wikisource.
  9. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (July 13, 1976). "Route Numbering Committee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved August 13, 2014 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  10. ^ Google (August 13, 2014). "US 36 Hannibal business route" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 13, 2014.

External linksEdit

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