U.S. Route 71 in Missouri
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U.S. Route 71 (US 71) is a major north–south U.S. Highway that runs from Louisiana to Canada. US 71 enters Missouri from Arkansas in the town of Jane. US 71 serves the cities of Joplin, Kansas City and St. Joseph. At noon on December 12, 2012, the section of US 71 between Pineville, Missouri and Bannister Road in south Kansas City was also designated as a northern extension of Interstate 49 (I-49).
|Maintained by MoDOT|
|Length||316.722 mi (509.715 km)|
|South end||US 71 at Jane|
|North end||US 71 near Clearmont|
|Counties||McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barton, Vernon, Bates, Cass, Jackson, Clay, Platte, Buchanan, Andrew, Nodaway|
US 71 enters Missouri in Jane coming from Arkansas. Currently, a new bypass is being built known as the Bella Vista Bypass, to go around Jane and Bella Vista, Arkansas to connect with the freeway section of US 71 near Pineville. At this point, Interstate 49 begins its concurrency with US 71. I-49 and US 71 pass through many smaller communities before reaching Joplin. In Joplin, I-49 and US 71 interchanges with Interstate 44 and begin a short concurrency from I-44 exits 11 through 18.
A few miles east of Joplin, I-49 and US 71 leave I-44 and heads north and enters Carthage. Due to the freeway being built, old sections of the highway have been bypassed and become county roads. I-49 and US 71 pass through Nevada and other communities before reaching the Kansas City area. In south Kansas City, at Bannister Road just north of the Grandview Triangle, US 71 ends its concurrency with I-49, and continues into downtown Kansas City as Bruce R. Watkins Memorial Drive. US 71 loses its freeway status for 3 blocks in Kansas City before becoming a freeway again and entering Downtown Kansas City. It is very unlikely that the freeway will continue all the way through, as a court order prevents the stoplights to be bypassed, even though MoDot has the necessary right of way to do so.
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The future of part of the Bella Vista Bypass is on hold. On August 5, 2014, voters in Missouri defeated Amendment 7 at the polls, which would have provided funding various road construction projects in the state. After the measure's defeat, the funding for the connection from the existing southern end of I-49 in Missouri along the Bella Vista Bypass to the state line is in doubt, but Arkansas is moving ahead to construct all but the last connection to the state line.
In March 2019, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the remaining funding needed to complete the Bella Vista Bypass. Contracts will be let in 2020 and Missouri's portion of I-49 should be completed in the summer of 2022.
|McDonald||Caverna||0.000||0.000||US 71 south – Bella Vista, Fort Smith||Arkansas state line|
|0.253||0.407||Route OO to AR 279|
|||4.406||7.091||Route 90 – Noel, Jane|
US 71 Bus. north – Pineville
|Northbound access only|
|||8.955||14.412||I-49 begins – Joplin, Kansas City||Southern end of I-49 overlap|
|Overlap; see I-49|
|Jackson||Kansas City||187.674||302.032||I-49 ends / I-435 – Des Moines||Northern end of I-49 overlap|
|188.563||303.463||Route W north (Bannister Road) to I-435||Southern end of the Bruce Watkins Drive Memorial Parkway|
|Hickman Mills Drive / Blue River Road / 85th Street / 87th Street|
|191.785||308.648||Gregory Boulevard||At-grade intersection|
|Meyer Boulevard / 63rd Street||Interchange|
|193.252||311.009||59th Street||At-grade intersection|
|197.749||318.246||55th Street||At-grade intersection|
|194.842||313.568||US 56 west (Swope Parkway) / Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard||Interchange|
|Linwood Boulevard / 31st Street||No direct southbound exit (signed at 29th Street)|
|29th Street / 27th Street|
|197.883||318.462||The Paseo (Kansas City, Missouri)||No direct southbound exit (signed at 22nd Street)|
|198.829||319.984||Truman Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|198.882||320.070||I-670 west to I-35 south – Wichita, Kansas||I-70 exit 2L|
|198.935||320.155||I-70 east / US 40 east / US 24 east – St. Louis||Southern end of I-70/US 40 concurrency; US 71 south follows exit 2M; no direct northbound exit (signed at Truman Road)|
|199.197||320.576||11th Street – Downtown Kansas City||Northern end of the Bruce Watkins Drive Memorial Parkway;I-70 exit 2J|
|199.502||321.067||I-29 begins / I-35 south / I-70 west / US 24 west / US 40 west – Wichita, Topeka||Northern end of I-70/US 40 concurrency; southern end of I-29/I-35 concurrency; US 71 north follows exit 2G; US 71 south follows exit 3|
|199.546||321.138||To US 24 east / Route 9 north / Admiral Boulevard||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-70 exit 2H|
|199.609||321.240||To US 24 / The Paseo (Kansas City, Missouri)||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-35 exit 4A|
|Clay||Kansas City||204.115||328.491||I-35 north – Des Moines||Northern end of I-35 concurrency; US 71 north follows exit 8B; I-29 exit 1B|
|Andrew||||260.870||419.830||I-29 north / I-229 south – Council Bluffs, St. Joseph||Northern end of I-29 concurrency; US 71 north follows exit 56A|
|||263.481||424.032||Route T – Amazonia, Savannah|
US 59 north / US 71 Bus. south – Savannah
|Interchange; northern end of US 59 concurrency|
|||271.914||437.603||Route 48 east – Rosendale|
US 71 Bus. north / Route V – Maryville
|Northern end of freeway|
|293.590||472.487||US 136 east / Route 46 west – Maryville, Stanberry||Southern end of US 136 concurrency|
|||295.705||475.891||Route 148 north – Pickering, Hopkins|
US 71 Bus. south / Route CC – Maryville
|||307.845||495.429||US 136 west to I-29 – Burlington Junction||Northern end of US 136 concurrency|
|||316.722||509.715||US 71 north – Braddyville|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Missouri Department of Transportation (August 29, 2015). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
- McGeeney, Ryan (August 7, 2014). "Bella Vista Bypass on Ice after Missouri Rejects Tax". NWA Online. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
- Rosa, Jeff Della (7 March 2019). "Missouri to complete its part of Bella Vista Bypass by 2022". Talk Business & Politics. Talk Business & Politics. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
|U.S. Route 71|