Missouri Route 7

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For the former Route 7, see Route 7 (Missouri 1922).
"MO 7" redirects here. MO 7 may also refer to Missouri's 7th congressional district.

Route 7 marker

Route 7
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length: 186.476 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 6 Route 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 1970's with the creation of Truman Lake, the Osage River Bridge was bypassed with a new mile long span. [2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Pulaski Liberty Township 0.000 0.000 I-44 / Route P east – Springfield, Rolla I-44 exit 150
Richland 7.829 12.600 Route 133 north – Swedeborg Southern terminus of Route 133 overlap
8.967 14.431 Route 133 south to I-44 – Hazelgreen, Business District Northern terminus of Route 133 overlap
Camden Osage Township 31.390 50.517
Route 5 south / Route 5 Bus. north – Camdenton, Lebanon
Interchange; southern terminus of Route 5 overlap
Camdenton 33.673 54.191 US 54 – Camdenton, Nevada, Osage Beach Interchange
36.139 58.160
Route 5 Bus. south / Pier 31 Road – Camdenton
Interchange
Greenview 41.573 66.905 Route 5 north – Hurricane Deck, Sunrise Beach Northern terminus of Route 5 overlap
Benton Dell Junction 72.700 116.999 US 65 south – Fristoe, Springfield Southern terminus of US 65 overlap
Tom Township 77.575 124.845 Route 83 south – White Branch Interchange
Warsaw 78.344 126.082 Warsaw Interchange; no northbound entrance
79.195 127.452 US 65 north – Sedalia, Truman Dam Interchange; northern terminus of US 65 overlap
Henry Clinton 107.485 172.980 Route 13 south / Route 18 west / Route 52 west – Clinton, Springfield Eastern terminus of Route 18; southern terminus of Route 13/52 overlap
108.927 175.301 Route 52 east – Windsor Interchange; northern terminus of Route 52 overlap
109.825 176.746
Route 13 north / Route 13 Bus. south – Clinton, Warrensburg
Northern terminus of Route 13 overlap
Bogard Township 124.325 200.082 Route K / Route B – Urich Interchange
Cass Creighton 128.733 207.176 Route B – Creighton Interchange
IndexCamp Branch
township line
137.498 221.282 Route F / Route Z / Route N – Garden City, Blairstown Interchange
Harrisonville 146.750 236.171 I-49 south / US 71 south – Joplin, Nevada Southern terminus of I-49/US 71 overlap; Route 7 south follows exit 157
147.997 238.178 Route 2 east (Commercial Street) Southern terminus of Route 2 overlap; I-49 exit 158
148.979 239.758 I-49 north / US 71 north / Route 2 west – Kansas City, Freeman Northern terminus of I-49/US 71/Route 2 overlap; Route 7 north follows exit 159
Pleasant Hill 160.992 259.092 Route 58 Interchange
Jackson 166.498 267.953 Route 150 west – Greenwood Southern terminus of Route 150 overlap
166.998 268.757 Route 150 east – Lone Jack Northern terminus of Route 150 overlap
169.004 271.986 US 50 – Kansas City, Warrensburg Interchange
Blue Springs 177.238 285.237 US 40 – Independence, Kansas City, Grain Valley
178.690 287.574 I-70 – Kansas City, Columbia I-70 exit 20
Independence 184.002 296.123 Route 78 west / Lake City-Buckner Road – Independence, Lake City Traffic circle; eastern terminus of Route 78
186.476 300.104 US 24 / Lewis and Clark Trail – Independence, Buckner Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

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