U.S. Route 36 in Missouri

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 36 in Missouri. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 36.

U.S. Route 36 marker

U.S. Route 36
V.F.W. Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length: 192.660 mi[1] (310.056 km)
Major junctions
West end: US-36 in St. Joseph
 
East end: I-72 / US 36 / IL 110 / Great River Road at Illinois state line
Highway system

Missouri Highways
Supplemental

I-35 Route 37

In the U.S. state of Missouri, U.S. Route 36 is an expressway with many freeway sections, connecting Kansas to Illinois. From Cameron to the Illinois state line, it forms part of the principal route between Kansas City and Chicago, known as the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway.

All of US 36 in Missouri is named the V.F.W. Memorial Highway.[2]

Route description[edit]

U.S. Route 36 in Missouri runs from the Pony Express Bridge over the Missouri River in St. Joseph to the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in Hannibal. After leaving the Missouri River valley, U.S. 36 then links major cities in Northern Missouri with Kansas City and cities in the east. From Cameron to the Illinois state line, it is overlapped with Missouri Route 110, also known as the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway. Starting in St. Joseph, it passes through the cities of Cameron, Hamilton, Chillicothe, Macon, Shelbina, Monroe City, and Brookfield. The final 2 miles (3.2 km) of US 36 in Missouri is concurrent with Interstate 72. The route passes through mostly flat, fertile, productive farmland. Even though there are some surface intersections, U.S. 36 has many grade-separated interchanges and town bypasses that suggest a future extension of I-72 west from Hannibal.

History[edit]

US 36 across Missouri parallels the route of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, which was the reason St. Joseph was selected for the Pony Express. The two towns were the second and third largest cities in the State of Missouri prior to the American Civil War. Prior to the establishment of the railroad in the late 1850s, the stagecoach route was called the "Hound Dog Trail."[3]

The road was originally Route 8 from 1922 to 1926, before being designated as US 36. Over the years some busier sections were upgraded to four lanes. On August 3, 2005, residents of Macon, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, and Ralls counties approved Proposition 36B, which excluded Ralls County from the Transportation Development District, and allowed for a 4-lane US 36 to be constructed without Ralls County's participation. In June 2010 work was completed making US 36 a four-lane highway across the entire state, saving considerable travel time.

Major intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Doniphan Elwood US-36 west Continuation into Kansas
Missouri River 0.000 0.000 Pony Express Bridge; Kansas–Missouri state line
Buchanan St. Joseph 0.195–
0.204
0.314–
0.328
Route 759 to I-29 / US 59 north Interchange
0.296–
0.489
0.476–
0.787
I-229 / US 59 – Kansas City, Council Bluffs Interchange; no access to northbound I-229 from eastbound US 36 and no access to westbound US 36 from southbound I-229
0.573–
0.670
0.922–
1.078
I-29 Bus. (9th Street south, 10th Street north) Interchange
1.440 2.317 22nd Street Interchange
1.956 3.148 28th Street Interchange; eastbound exit and entrance via Hilltop Road
2.966–
3.456
4.773–
5.562
US 169 (Belt Highway) Interchange
3.580–
4.079
5.761–
6.565
I-29 / US 71 – Kansas City, Council Bluffs Interchange
5.059 8.142 Route AC (Riverside Road) – Missouri Western State University Interchange
Marion Township 11.743 18.899 Route 31 south – Gower Western end of Route 31 overlap
DeKalb Washington Township 15.925 25.629 Route 31 north to Route 6 – King City Eastern end of Route 31 overlap
Colfax Township 24.787 39.891 Route 33 south – Plattsburg Western end of Route 33 overlap
27.186 43.752 Route 33 north / Route M – Maysville, Lathrop Eastern end of Route 33 overlap
Cameron 32.892 52.935
US 36 Bus. east (Grand Avenue)
33.693–
34.056
54.224–
54.808

US 69 / I-35 Bus. south / US 36 Bus. west (Walnut Street)
Western end of Loop 35 overlap
34.538–
34.700
55.584–
55.844

I-35 / Route 110 (CKC) south / I-35 Bus. ends – Kansas City, Des Moines
Eastern end of Loop 35 overlap; western end of Route 110 overlap
Caldwell Hamilton Township 44.460 71.551
US 36 Bus. east – Hamilton
Hamilton 46.603 75.000
US 36 Bus. west / Route 13 – Gallatin, Kingston
Interchange
Livingston Chillicothe 71.594–
71.852
115.219–
115.635

US 65 east / US 36 Bus.
Interchange
72.459 116.611
US 36 Bus. west
Linn Parson Creek Township 85.054 136.881 Route 139 north – Meadville Western end of Route 139 overlap
Jefferson Township 89.952 144.764 Route 139 south
Laclede 91.830 147.786 Route 5 north / Route 139 south Eastern end of Route 139 overlap; western end of Route 5 overlap
Brookfield 95.515 153.716
US 36 Bus. east
97.359 156.684
US 36 Bus. west / Route 11
MarcelineBucklin township line 104.265–
104.717
167.798–
168.526
Route 5 south / Route U – Keytesville Interchange; eastern end of Route 5 overlap
Bucklin Township 107.000 172.200 Route 129 north – Bucklin Western end of Route 129 overlap
Macon Lingo Township 112.553 181.136 Route 129 south – Salisbury Eastern end of Route 129 overlap
114.575–
115.042
184.391–
185.142
Route 149 north – New Cambria Interchange
Callao Township 121.166–
121.731
194.998–
195.907
Route 3 – Callao Interchange
Bevier Township 124.603–
124.993
200.529–
201.157
Route C / Route O – Bevier Interchange
Hudson Township 127.873–
128.316
205.792–
206.505
Long Branch Lake Road Interchange
Macon 130.053–
130.356
209.300–
209.788
US 63 – Kirksville, Macon Interchange
Hudson Township 132.978 214.007
US 36 Bus. east
Shelby Clarence 141.119–
141.645
227.109–
227.956

US 36 Bus. east / Route 151 – Clarence
Interchange
142.403 229.175
US 36 Bus. west
Shelbina 152.972 246.185
US 36 Bus. east
153.710–
154.120
247.372–
248.032
Route 15 – Shelbina, Shelbyville Interchange
154.792 249.114
US 36 Bus. west
Marion Monroe City 170.138 273.811
US 36 Bus. east
Ralls 171.969–
172.490
276.757–
277.596

US 24 west / US 36 Bus. west / Route Z
Interchange, western end of US 24 overlap
Marion Miller Township 184.089–
184.442
296.263–
296.831
US 24 east – Palmyra Interchange, eastern end of US 24 overlap
Hannibal 187.716–
188.111
302.100–
302.735
Shinn Lane Interchange
189.141–
189.557
304.393–
305.062
Veterans Road
190.604–
190.955
306.747–
307.312

I-72 begins / US 61 / US 36 Bus. east – Palmyra, New London
Western end of I-72 overlap
191.573–
192.123
308.307–
309.192

US 36 Bus. west / Route 79 south – Louisiana, Downtown Hannibal
Exit 157 along I-72
Mississippi River 192.660 310.056 Mark Twain Memorial Bridge; Missouri–Illinois state line
Pike Levee Township
I-72 east / US 36 east / IL 110 (CKC) north
Continuation into Illinois
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Number Length (mi)[1] Length (km) Southern or western terminus Northern or eastern terminus Formed Removed Notes

US 36 Bus.
1.6[4] 2.6 US 36 near the Missouri River in St. Joseph US 36 / US 59 Bus. / US 71 Bus. in St. Joseph 1959 1963 Served St. Joseph

US 36 Bus.
1.504 2.420 US 36 in western Cameron US 36 / US 69 / Loop 35 in Cameron 1964 current Serves Cameron

US 36 Bus.
2.807 4.517 US 36 in Hamilton Township US 36 / Route 13 in Hamilton 1962 current Serves Hamilton

US 36 Bus.
1.042 1.677 US 36 / US 65 in Chillicothe US 36 in Chillicothe Serves Chillicothe

US 36 Bus.
2.769 4.456 US 36 west of Brookfield US 36 / Route 11 in Brookfield 1955 current Serves Brookfield

US 36 Bus.
2.827 4.550 US 63 in Macon US 36 east of Macon 1973[5] current Serves Macon

US 36 Spur
1.0[6] 1.6 US 36 west of Macon Bourke Street in Macon 1956 1973[5] Former spur into Macon

US 36 Bus.
1.498 2.411 N. 1st Street in Clarence US 36 east of Clarence Serves Clarence

US 36 Bus.
1.772 2.852 US 36 west of Shelbina US 36 in eastern Shelbina 1968[7] current Serves Shelbina

US 36 Bus.
2.461 3.961 US 36 in western Monroe City US 24 / US 36 / Route Z in northeastern Monroe City 1976[8] current Serves Monroe City

US 36 Bus.
3.6[9] 5.8 US 36 / US 61 in Hannibal I-72 / US 36 / Route 79 in Hannibal 1960 2013 Served Hannibal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Missouri Department of Transportation. Flex Map Viewer (Map). Cartography by MoDOT. https://www6.modot.mo.gov/hpmaps. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ The Associated Press (2002-08-24). "A look at Missouri's named highways and bridges" (LexisNexis). 
  3. ^ The Hound Dog Trail: The Economy of Cameron - cameron-mo.com - Retrieved November 15, 2007
  4. ^ Google Inc. "US 36 St. Joseph business route". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/39.7482945,-94.8559253/39.7666216,-94.8494142/@39.7543099,-94.8426096,6597m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  5. ^ a b U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (November 10, 1973) (PDF). U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee (Report). Los Angeles, CA: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AASHTO_USRN_1973-11-10.pdf. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Google Inc. "US 63 Macon spur". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/39.7389824,-92.4779938/1060-1304+Outer+Rd+S,+Macon,+MO+63552/@39.7434741,-92.4802284,2728m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x87c2b3031c57bafd:0x31c0e16395bfdf55!2m2!1d-92.4911877!2d39.7462231. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  7. ^ U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (June 18, 1968) (PDF). U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee (Report). Portsmouth, NH: American Association of State Highway Officials. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AASHO_USRN_1968-06-18.pdf. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (July 13, 1976) (PDF). Route Numbering Committee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee (Report). Hot Springs, VA: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AASHTO_USRN_1976-07-13.pdf. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Google Inc. "US 36 Hannibal business route". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/39.7145469,-91.3920247/39.7168689,-91.3726875/@39.7102067,-91.3830232,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-91.3639594!2d39.7062324!3s0x87dde61f8479c0f5:0xabaa128b5c3ebe35!1m0!3e0. Retrieved August 13, 2014.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


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