(LISTEN): Mid-Missouri state legislature excited about I-70 improvements coming to Kingdom City

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) employees joined Governor Mike Parson for the I-70 groundbreaking ceremony in Columbia (June 13, 2024, photo courtesy of the Governor’s Flickr page)

While most news media focuses on the $405 million project to upgrade and expand I-70 in mid-Missouri at Columbia, nearby Kingdom City is a big part of the project.

Governor Mike Parson (R) and state lawmakers from both parties held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project Thursday at the Drury Plaza hotel near the I-70 and Highway 63 interchange. State Rep. Jim Schulte (R-New Bloomfield) attended the ceremony and he tells the story 939 the Eagle that he is excited that the I-70 and Highway 54 interchange in Kingdom City will get two new bridges and a roundabout interchange.

“When it’s done, it will increase traffic flow. Industrial, commercial and private travel will only improve, bringing more people through the area. Kingdom City is a huge stop with the truck stops and the diners and everything,” said Rep. Schulte.

The state Department of Transportation (MoDOT) also plans to eliminate two traffic signals and I-70 and Highway 54, saying it will improve traffic flow. Representative Schulte is happy that I70 and 54 will have a new interchange at the roundabout.

“Other areas I have been to along the roundabouts are much larger, they are scaled to accommodate the trailers and the vehicles. So I’m confident that the engineers took all of that into account when they designed this,” says Schulte.

MoDOT will also add an additional lane to I-70 between the Highway 63 connector in Columbia and Highway 54 in Kingdom City.