US 71 in Missouri


US 71
Get started Jane
End Clearmont
Length 315 mi
Length 507 km

Pineville-Kansas City:

Kansas City

Kansas City – St Joseph:




According to CITYPOPULATIONREVIEW.COM, US 71 is a US Highway in the US state of Missouri. The road forms a north-south route in the west of the state and is mostly double-numbered with Interstate 49 south of Kansas City. The route is a total of 507 kilometers long.

Travel directions

I-49 / US 71 at Joplin.

US 71 enters Missouri from Arkansas near Jane and is then a 2×2 divided highway. Pretty soon Interstate 49 begins, which follows US 71 all the way to Kansas City. After 45 kilometers you reach the town of Joplin, where US 71 is briefly double numbered with Interstate 44. Then the highway continues to the north. The US 71 leads through a sloping area with mainly meadows and sometimes some forest at riverbeds. One then crosses Interstate 470 just before Kansas City and then Interstate 435, the Kansas City ring road. The highway then runs to the center of the city, after which the road merges with theInterstate 35. US 71 is then double-numbered with I-35 and later Interstate 29 to St. Joseph, after which US 71 turns off and forms a 2×2 divided highway to Maryville. Then the road continues to the state of Iowa.


Created in 1926, US 71 was one of the primary north-south routes of the midwestern United States, and the main north-south route in western Missouri. Between 1954 and 1964, US 71 between Kansas City and St. Joseph was replaced by I-29. US 71 south of Kansas City was widened to 4 lanes as early as the 1950s. At the time, this was a divided highway with no highway features. From the 1960s, the first sections were converted to a freeway. The highway between Harrisonville and Kansas City was completed in 1972. US 71 further south was converted into a freeway in the 1980s and 1990s. Only the southernmost part around Jane is not a freeway.

Originally, it was planned to build US 71 in Kansas City entirely as a freeway. US 71 is mostly a freeway between I-435 and I-70 in southern Kansas City, but has a few at-grade intersections. Because US 71 is a historic parkway here, it was decided not to make any further changes to this section, and to direct through traffic via parallel I-435. This part has therefore not become part of the I-49.

As of February 2012, some 1,200 signposts marked I-49 have been installed and since December 2012, the route has been signposted as I-49.

Traffic intensities

The highway in Kansas City has about 68,000 vehicles per day.

Caruthersville Bridge

Caruthersville Bridge
Spans Mississippi River
Lanes 2×2
Total length 2,165 meters
Main span 280 meters
Bridge deck height 30 meters
Opening 01-12-1976
Traffic intensity 8.900 mvt/day
Location Map

The Caruthersville Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Missouri and Tennessee. The bridge spans the Mississippi River and is part of Interstate 155.


The Caruthersville Bridge is a steel cantilever truss bridge with one main span of 280 meters and a side span of 158 meters. It is a somewhat unusual cantilever bridge for American standards, because the cantilever principle is only implemented from one bridge pier instead of two. The total bridge is 2,165 meters long. The bridge deck is 24 meters wide and lies 30 meters above the Mississippi River. Crossing the bridge is Interstate 155, a regional freeway from Caruthersville to Dyersburg. It is the southernmost bridge across the Mississippi in the state of Missouri. It is also the northernmost bridge over what is known as the “Lower Mississippi River”, south of its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo. The bridge is toll-free.


The bridge was constructed between early 1969 and late 1976 and opened to traffic on December 1, 1976. Construction took no less than 8 years. It was the first bridge at this location, originally there were only ferry services. The bridge was built near a seismically active area, the New Madrid Fault. A geological study in 1993/1994 showed that the bridge would almost certainly collapse in an earthquake due to liquefaction, which liquefies the subsoil. There are plans to make the bridge resistant to this, but this is not a priority.

Traffic intensities

In 2012, 8,900 vehicles drove over the bridge every day, which means that it is lightly used.

Christopher S. Bond Bridge

Christopher S. Bond Bridge
Spans Missouri River
Lanes 2×4
Total length 523 meters
Main span 168 meters
Bridge deck height ? meter
Opening 27-09-2010
Traffic intensity 71,300 mvt/day
Location Map

According to ASK4BEAUTY, the Christopher S. Bond Bridge is a cable- stayed bridge in the United States, located in Kansas City, Missouri. The bridge spans the Missouri River.


The Christopher S. Bond Bridge spans the Missouri River in Kansas City and is one of several bridges over this river in Kansas City. The bridge is a total of 523 meters long and has a few short bridges. The main span is 168 meters. The bridge has one A-shaped pylon of 96 meters high. The bridge deck is 36 meters wide, with 2×4 lanes and emergency lanes. It is one of the wider cable-stayed bridges in North America. Crossing the bridge is Interstate 29 in Missouri and Interstate 35 in Missouri, which run from Kansas City to Omaha and Des Moines, respectively.


On site, the 1954 Paseo Bridge spans the Missouri River. This was a suspension bridge, the only one in Missouri. The bridge had 2×2 lanes and was prone to congestion. That is why the bridge has been replaced by the more than twice as wide Bond Bridge. The new bridge was constructed between 2008 and 2010 and opened to traffic on September 27, 2010. After opening, the Paseo Bridge was demolished.

The new bridge is named after Christopher Samuel “Kit” Bond, a former senator from Missouri.

Traffic intensities

71,300 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Christopher S. Bond Bridge