What's the Best Route To Kansas City?

Anneliess Dohe is going to a concert this weekend. She hasn't been to Kansas City in about ten years.

But getting there is a problem.

"Many, many detours because of the river flooding obviously," she said."

So she put out a plea for help to friends on Facebook.

"I've had many people suggesting different routes for me to go," she said. Some even suggested flying, but Anneliess said that would be a five hour trip through St. Louis, plus car rental expenses.

"I asked for advice, my dad actually works for a trucking company and thought he would have the best route," she said.

Her father's suggestion?

"Taking Highway 50 to Syracuse and then that goes down to Highway 36 (in Kansas)," she said.

Others offered another suggestion.

"I had been told Highway 75 south would be good but everybody takes 75 south and according to the Nebraska Department of Roads, there are some kind of construction issues," she said.

A check of the Kansas Department of Transportation website shows there are two bridge projects along Highway 36 and that there will be delays.

So Anneliess did her own research, finding another route.

She plans to take Interstate 80 to Highway 6, east to Highway 59 and then south from there.

"Highway 59 south to Craig, Mo. and then you can get on I-29 there and then go down to Kansas City," she said.

She appreciates the help on finding the best route, with apologies to her father.

"Dad, I love you," she said. "But the route he had me going was five hours as opposed to the one I'm going to take that would be approximately three hours, about the same time that it would normally take if you took I-29."

She even mapped out the route on her I-Phone and built in plenty of travel time, accounting for any unexpected detours.

Oh, and that concert she's going to?

"It's New Kids On The Block and Back Street Boys," she laughed, even though she's wearing a Rolling Stones shirt today.

"Well, I have very eclectic music tastes," she explained.

As long as the interstate is open to the Glenwood exit at Highway 34, that appears to be the quickest route out of the metro area. The across the Highway 59, south through Tarkio, Mo. and on to I-29 at Craig.

A recent trip along that route took about three and a half hours.

The Kansas City Tourism Department reports they haven't noticed a drop off of visitors from our area due to flooding.

They recommend keeping up to date by checking roads websites before heading out.


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