Missouri Route 7

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Route 7 marker

Route 7
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length186.476 mi[1] (300.104 km)
Major junctions
South end I-44 / Route P North of Laquey
  I-49 / US 71 / Route 2 in Harrisonville
I-70 in Blue Springs
North end US 24 in northeast Independence
Highway system
Route 6Route 8

Route 7 is a state highway with its northern terminus at U.S. Route 24 in northeast Independence and its southern terminus at Interstate 44 southeast of Richland (near the town of Laquey which it doesn't quite reach). The section between Harrisonville (at a junction with Interstate 49/U.S. Route 71) and Clinton (at a junction with Route 13) provides an important link for traffic between Springfield and Kansas City.

Route description[edit]

The route begins at Interstate 44, exit 150, as a two-lane highway. It then heads northwest into Richland, intersecting with Route 133. From there, it continues northwest to a concurrency with Route 5, starting three miles south of Camdenton. In Camdenton, it crosses U.S. 54, and continues northwest, crossing the Lake of the Ozarks. After crossing the lake, Route 5 diverges north, and Route 7 heads west to another concurrency with US 65. The combined route crosses Harry S. Truman Reservoir and the Osage River and then enters Warsaw, where the concurrency ends; Route 7 heads west and crosses more arms of the Truman Reservoir. At Clinton, it intersects Route 13 and Route 52, and then becomes a four-lane highway, running northwest to Interstate 49/US 71 in Harrisonville. After a brief concurrency with I-49/U.S. 71, Route 7 heads north as a two-lane highway, crossing Route 58 in Pleasant Hill, Route 150, and US 50. In Blue Springs, it crosses US 40 and I-70. Continuing north, Route 7 is the eastern terminus of Route 78, before itself terminating at US 24 in Independence.

History[edit]

Missouri Route 7 links the Kansas City area to the Ozarks, however it was not always called Route 7. Starting in 1926-27 it connected US 71 to US 50 only, by 1937 it had been extended to US 40. The section that runs east from US 71 - US 65 (1935), to US 54, and later on to US 66 (1953)was once called State Route 35. This was changed to Route 7 in 1959. In the early 1970s with the creation of Truman Lake, the Osage River Bridge was bypassed with a new mile long span. [2]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
PulaskiLiberty Township0.0000.000 I-44 / Route P east – Springfield, RollaI-44 exit 150
Richland7.82912.600 Route 133 north – SwedeborgSouthern terminus of Route 133 overlap
8.96714.431 Route 133 south to I-44 – Hazelgreen, Business DistrictNorthern terminus of Route 133 overlap
CamdenOsage Township31.39050.517
Route 5 south / Route 5 Bus. north – Camdenton, Lebanon
Interchange; southern terminus of Route 5 overlap
Camdenton33.67354.191 US 54 – Camdenton, Nevada, Osage BeachInterchange
36.13958.160
Route 5 Bus. south / Pier 31 Road – Camdenton
Interchange
Greenview41.57366.905 Route 5 north – Hurricane Deck, Sunrise BeachNorthern terminus of Route 5 overlap
BentonDell Junction72.700116.999 US 65 south – Fristoe, SpringfieldSouthern terminus of US 65 overlap
Tom Township77.575124.845 Route 83 south – White BranchInterchange
Warsaw78.344126.082WarsawInterchange; no northbound entrance
79.195127.452 US 65 north – Sedalia, Truman DamInterchange; northern terminus of US 65 overlap
HenryClinton107.485172.980 Route 13 south / Route 18 west / Route 52 west – Clinton, SpringfieldEastern terminus of Route 18; southern terminus of Route 13/52 overlap
108.927175.301 Route 52 east – WindsorInterchange; northern terminus of Route 52 overlap
109.825176.746
Route 13 north / Route 13 Bus. south – Clinton, Warrensburg
Northern terminus of Route 13 overlap
Bogard Township124.325200.082 Route K / Route B – UrichInterchange
CassCreighton128.733207.176 Route B – CreightonInterchange
IndexCamp Branch
township line
137.498221.282 Route F / Route Z / Route N – Garden City, BlairstownInterchange
Harrisonville146.750236.171 I-49 south / US 71 south – Joplin, NevadaSouthern terminus of I-49/US 71 overlap; Route 7 south follows exit 157
147.997238.178 Route 2 east (Commercial Street)Southern terminus of Route 2 overlap; I-49 exit 158
148.979239.758 I-49 north / US 71 north / Route 2 west – Kansas City, FreemanNorthern terminus of I-49/US 71/Route 2 overlap; Route 7 north follows exit 159
Pleasant Hill160.992259.092 Route 58Interchange
Jackson166.498267.953 Route 150 west – GreenwoodSouthern terminus of Route 150 overlap
166.998268.757 Route 150 east – Lone JackNorthern terminus of Route 150 overlap
169.004271.986 US 50 – Kansas City, WarrensburgInterchange
Blue Springs177.238285.237 US 40 – Independence, Kansas City, Grain Valley
178.690287.574 I-70 – Kansas City, ColumbiaI-70 exit 20
Independence184.002296.123 Route 78 west / Lake City-Buckner Road – Independence, Lake CityTraffic circle; eastern terminus of Route 78
186.476300.104 US 24 / Lewis and Clark Trail – Independence, BucknerInterchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Missouri Department of Transportation (March 22, 2015). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.modot.org/historicmaps/