The Lure of the Open Road: The Chicago-Kansas City Expressway

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By Dave Coulter

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Yeah, boy, thank God they finally finished that Chicago - Kansas City Expressway, huh?  Yep, why just yesterday I got out on “110”,  took her all the way out past Hillside. Man, you should have seen all those cars and trucks with Missouri plates coming back in eastbound.

The traffic used to be a mess, but traveling on the new highway 110 is a breeze.  Why, now I can travel to Kansas City Royals games without going through that infernalDes Moines Bottleneck!”   Really….who hasn’t died in that parking lot?

Anyway, God bless the insightful souls at the Tri-State Development Summit for thoughtfully developing (cuz that’s what they do, they develop things!) a sleek new corridor - seemingly pieced together on Google Maps -  that thankfully skirts Quincy, Illinois.   Now, there are some nay-sayers that point out that the TSD board is peopled by Quincy power brokers, but I say "good on them." I, for one, can’t wait to patronize the new Taco Bell or whatever else may appear on the fringes of their fair burg.  

Or, on the fringes of Hannibal.  

This is exciting stuff, people.  This is our generation’s Route 66, and I can’t wait for the nostalgia to begin.  And thank goodness the State of Illinois - empty checkbook and all! - found $94, 000 to produce all those signs to lead us to…… Kansas City. 

Admit it……you kinda wanna go, don’tcha?  

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Posted: February 13th, 2011 8:45 PM

Doesn't Wisconsin have a Scenic Highways program? Maybe that's 110 wants to be?

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: February 13th, 2011 1:30 PM

A couple of years back I had to go to Kansas City for a conference. This is a high powered organization I belong to. We hit all the major burgs. I decided to drive, I guess before the superhighway was designated. Took all back roads -- two lanes. Stayed the night in Hannibal. This is a great country, that still has some local verve if you get off the interstates.


Posted: February 13th, 2011 10:36 AM

Next thing you know there will be Kansas City Wizards billboards everywhere.


Posted: February 12th, 2011 2:34 PM

Personally, I am opposed to this expressway. I don't believe people in Kansas City should have such convienent access to the Chicago area. While they may seem like nice folk at first, they end up being a menace and a nuisance.


Posted: February 11th, 2011 8:04 AM

Good to see that folks in Quincy mastered that route dragging feature on Yahoo maps.


Posted: February 10th, 2011 2:31 PM

Get you kicks on Route 110....Nope, that doesn't work.

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