MoDOT is looking at two options for I-229 in St. Joseph.
The bridge that borders St. Joe’s west side is in poor condition according to MoDOT District Planning Manager Shannon Kulisek and maintaining it may cost more than it is worth.
On Thursday at the 2019 Northwest Missouri Freight Summit, MoDOT showed two options for the current double-decked bridge that have been favored by an advisory committee. Both options take the bridge out of the skyline.
The first option is called the Main and Second Street alternative. It would involve connecting I-229 to Main Street coming from the north and creating a new, shaped road between KCP&L electric boxes and the railroad tracks near Riverfront Park that would connect with Second Street, where new connections would be created to take drivers to the stockyards.
The other option is called the Roundabout alternative. It would be similar but would rebuild two ramps at Francis and Felix streets with a roundabout and a new road around Second Street that would go south to connect to the U.S. Highway 36 interchange and Stockyards Expressway.