I-70 Major Investment Study

I-70 Major Investment Study

Location: Jackson County, Mo.

Client: Missouri Department of Transportation

Completion Date: 2004

Burns & McDonnell was the prime consultant for the I-70 Major Investment Study (MIS) in Jackson County, Mo. This project, for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), was undertaken to meet federal transportation planning requirements for much-needed improvements within the 28-mile I-70 corridor in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The MIS developed the Purpose and Need for regional investment in the Study Area, and proposed and evaluated strategies to provide these improvements, ultimately defining a set of strategies to take forward into the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The strategies evaluated included a “base” condition (in lieu of a no-build scenario) that featured improvements that were previously programmed regionally, transportation demand management/transportation system management (TDM/TSM), expansion and improvements to the current freeway facility, and improved modal choice, such as increased transit, in the corridor. In addition, various opportunities for a future transportation corridor, such as high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) or high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, reversible general-use lanes, etc., were considered.

The MIS process required gathering and evalution of input from a variety of stakeholders within the study area. For the I-70 MIS, stakeholders included MoDOT, the Mid America Regional Council (MARC, the region's metropolitan planning organization), Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, municipal and county agencies, and numerous public entities and private interest groups. A significant public involvement plan was developed to communicate with these stakeholders throughout the MIS process.

  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic engineering
  • Highway design
  • Public involvement