pash wrote:DaveKCMO wrote:- downtowners (and, to a lesser degree, kcmo) want to eliminate the danger of an at-grade interchange for two federal highways (45% of current SB US-169 trips are not headed to north loop)
Please try to open a discussion about eliminating the connection of the two highways entirely. Downtown does not need a new highway interchange. The highway should stop at the north end of the new bridge (or even farther north), and the bridge should be designed to carry car traffic bound for the city into the city, not car traffic bound for the suburbs and for Texas into a new highway interchange built for their convenience in the heart of the city.
There are plenty of other existing, underutilized routes to the suburbs and to Texas. We do not need a major investment to improve this one, particularly not in a metro and a state that already has a vastly overbuilt and underutilized highway system, one that even now we cannot afford to maintain. US 169 is already a secondary designation of I-70 and I-29 in the area, two highways that already connect directly elsewhere. The bridge and drag strip adjacent to downtown airport do not need to be designated as US 169 at all.
Seriously Dave, you're our advocate on the inside for this. Don't let those morons fuck this up.