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
Length: 316.722 mi[1] (509.715 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 71 at Jane
North end: US 71 near Clearmont
Highway system
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, and I-29. 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.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
McDonald Caverna 0.000 0.000 US 71 south – Bella Vista, Fort Smith Arkansas state line
0.253 0.407 Route OO to AR 279
4.406 7.091 Route 90 – Noel, Jane
7.363 11.850
US 71 Bus. north – Pineville
Northbound access only
8.955 14.412 I-49 begins – Joplin, Kansas City Southern end of I-49 overlap
Overlap; see I-49
Jackson Kansas City 187.674 302.032 I-49 ends / I-435 – Des Moines Northern end of I-49 overlap
188.563 303.463 Route W (Bannister Road) South end of the Bruce Watkins Drive Memorial Parkway
Hickman Mills Drive / Blue River Road / 85th Street / 87th Street
191.238 307.768 75th Street Interchange; northern end of freeway
191.785 308.648 Gregory Boulevard At-grade intersection
Meyer Boulevard / 63rd Street Interchange
193.252 311.009 59th Street At-grade intersection
197.749 318.246 55th Street At-grade intersection
194.842 313.568 US 56 west (Swope Parkway) / Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard Interchange; southern end of freeway
195.896 315.264 39th Street
Linwood Boulevard / 31st Street No direct southbound exit (signed at 29th Street)
29th Street / 27th Street
197.883 318.462 The Paseo No direct southbound exit (signed at 22nd Street)
198.179 318.938 22nd Street
198.829 319.984 Truman Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
198.882 320.070 I-670 west to I-35 south – Wichita, Kansas I-70 exit 2L
198.935 320.155 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)
199.197 320.576 11th Street – Downtown Kansas City North end of the Bruce Watkins Drive Memorial Parkway;I-70 exit 2J
199.502 321.067 I-29 begins / 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
199.546 321.138 To US 24 east / Route 9 north / Admiral Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-70 exit 2H
199.609 321.240 To US 24 / The Paseo Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-35 exit 4A
See I-35
Clay Kansas City 204.115 328.491 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 260.870 419.830 I-29 north / I-229 south – Council Bluffs, St. Joseph Northern end of I-29 concurrency; US 71 north follows exit 56A
263.481 424.032 Route T – Amazonia, Savannah
266.195 428.399
US 59 north / US 71 Bus. south – Savannah
Interchange; northern end of US 59 concurrency; northern end of freeway
271.914 437.603 Route 48 east – Rosendale
Nodaway Maryville 291.108 468.493
US 71 Bus. north / Route V – Maryville
293.590 472.487 US 136 east / Route 46 west – Maryville, Stanberry Southern end of US 136 concurrency
295.705 475.891 Route 148 north – Pickering, Hopkins
296.902 477.817
US 71 Bus. south / Route CC – Maryville
307.845 495.429 US 136 west to I-29 – Burlington Junction Northern end of US 136 concurrency
316.722 509.715 US 71 north – Braddyville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Missouri Department of Transportation (August 29, 2015). Flex Map Viewer (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ McGeeney, Ryan (August 7, 2014). "Bella Vista Bypass on Ice after Missouri Rejects Tax". NWA Online. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
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