U.S. Route 71 in Missouri

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 71 in Missouri. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 71.

U.S. Route 71 marker

U.S. Route 71
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Major junctions
South end: US 71 at Jane
North end: US 71 near Clearmont
Highway system

Missouri Highways

I-70 I-72

U.S. Route 71 (US 71) is a major north–south U.S. Highway that runs from Louisiana to Canada. US 71 enters Missouri from Arkansas in the town of Jane. US 71 serves the cities of Joplin, Kansas City and St. Joseph. At noon on December 12, 2012, the section of US 71 between Pineville, Missouri and Bannister Road in south Kansas City was also designated as a northern extension of Interstate 49 (I-49).

Route description[edit]

First reassurance marker on US 71 after entering Missouri from Iowa.

US 71 enters Missouri in Jane coming from Arkansas. Currently, a new bypass is being built known as the Bella Vista Bypass, to go around Jane and Bella Vista, Arkansas to connect with the freeway section of US 71 near Pineville. At this point, Interstate 49 begins its concurrency with US 71. I-49 and US 71 pass through many smaller communities before reaching Joplin. In Joplin, I-49 and US 71 interchanges with Interstate 44 and begin a short concurrency from I-44 exits 11 through 18.

A few miles east of Joplin, I-49 and US 71 leave I-44 and heads north and enters Carthage. Due to the freeway being built, old sections of the highway have been bypassed and become county roads. I-49 and US 71 pass through Nevada and other communities before reaching the Kansas City area. In south Kansas City, at Bannister Road just north of The 3-Trails Crossing Memorial Highway (formerly the Grandview Triangle), US 71 ends its concurrency with I-49, and continues into downtown Kansas City as Bruce R. Watkins Memorial Drive. US 71 loses its freeway status for 3 blocks in Kansas City before becoming a freeway again and entering Downtown Kansas City. It is very unlikely that the freeway will continue all the way through, as a court order prevents the stoplights to be bypassed, even though MoDot has the necessary right of way to do so.[citation needed]

In northern Kansas City, US 71 shares many overlaps with interstates, including I-70, I-35, Interstate 29 in Missouri. US 71 runs with I-29 through Kansas City north of Downtown until St. Joseph.

Once in St. Joseph, US 71 leaves I-29. US 71 runs north to Maryville. US 71 serves the small community of Clearmont before running through countryside into Iowa.

US 71 north of the Arkansas border.



The future of part of the Bella Vista Bypass is on hold. On August 5, 2014, voters in Missouri defeated Amendment 7 at the polls, which would have provided funding various road construction projects in the state. After the measure's defeat, the funding for the connection from the existing southern end of I-49 in Missouri along the Bella Vista Bypass to the state line is in doubt, but Arkansas is moving ahead to construct all but the last connection to the state line.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
McDonald Caverna US 71 south – Bella Vista, Fort Smith Arkansas state line
Route OO to AR 279
  Route 90 – Noel, Jane
US 71 Bus. north – Pineville
Northbound access only
Overlap; see I-49
Jackson Kansas City Route W (Bannister Road)
Hickman Mills Drive / Blue River Road / 85th Street / 87th Street
75th Street Interchange; northern end of freeway
Gregory Boulevard At-grade intersection
Meyer Boulevard / 63rd Street Interchange
59th Street At-grade intersection
55th Street At-grade intersection
US 56 west (Swope Parkway) / Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard Interchange; southern end of freeway
39th Street
Linwood Boulevard / 31st Street No direct southbound exit (signed at 29th Street)
29th Street / 27th Street
The Paseo No direct southbound exit (signed at 22nd Street)
22nd Street
Truman Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
I-670 west to I-35 south – Wichita, Kansas I-70 exit 2L
I-70 east / US 40 east – St. Louis Southern end of I-70/US 40 concurrency; US 71 south follows exit 2M; no direct northbound exit (signed at Truman Road)
11th Street - Downtown Kansas City I-70 exit 2J
To US 24 east / Route 9 north / Admiral Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-70 exit 2H
I-35 south / I-70 west / US 24 west / US 40 west – Wichita, Topeka Northern end of I-70/US 40 concurrency; southern end of I-29/I-35 concurrency; US 71 north follows exit 2G; US 71 south follows exit 3
To US 24 / The Paseo Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-35 exit 4A
See I-35
Clay Kansas City I-35 north – Des Moines Northern end of I-35 concurrency; US 71 north follows exit 8B; I-29 exit 1B
See I-29
Andrew   I-29 north / I-229 south – Council Bluffs, St. Joseph Northern end of I-29 concurrency; US 71 north follows exit 56A
  Route T – Amazonia, Savannah
US 59 north / US 71 Bus. south – Savannah
Interchange; northern end of US 59 concurrency; northern end of freeway
  Route 48 east – Rosendale
Nodaway Maryville
US 71 Bus. north / Route V – Maryville
US 136 east / Route 46 west – Maryville, Stanberry Southern end of US 136 concurrency
  Route 148 north – Pickering, Hopkins
US 71 Bus. south / Route CC – Maryville
  US 136 west to I-29 – Burlington Junction Northern end of US 136 concurrency
  US 71 north – Braddyville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McGeeney, Ryan (August 7, 2014). "Bella Vista Bypass on Ice after Missouri Rejects Tax". NWA Online. Retrieved August 9, 2014.