U.S. Route 169 in Missouri

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U.S. Route 169

US 169 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 69
Maintained by MoDOT
Length126.907 mi[1] (204.237 km)
Major junctions
South end I-70 / US-24 / US-40 / US-169 at Kansas state line
Major intersections
North end US 169 at Iowa state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesJackson, Clay, Clinton, Buchanan, Andrew, DeKalb, Gentry, Worth
Highway system
Route 168 Route 171

U.S. Route 169 (US 169) is a U.S. Highway that travels from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Virginia, Minnesota. In the state of Missouri, US 169 enters the state from Kansas overlapped with I-70 / US 24 / US 40 at Kansas City and exits the state into Iowa north of Irena.

Route description

The Buck O'Neil Bridge carries US 169 over the Missouri River in Kansas City

US 169 enters Missouri from Kansas via the Lewis and Clark Viaduct overlapped with I-70 / US 24 / US 40. The highway leaves the overlap near an interchange with I-35 / Downtown Loop in the downtown area, traveling along Broadway Boulevard and crosses the Missouri River via the Buck O'Neil Bridge, becoming a freeway known as the Arrowhead Trafficway. North of the river, US 169 travels between Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport and the western edge of North Kansas City before running close to the river north of the airport. North of the Route 9 interchange, the freeway runs through a wooded area of the city and passes near Gladstone at the I-29 / US 71 interchange. US 169 passes near Metro North Mall at Barry Road, before becoming a more rural route at Route 152. The Arrowhead Trafficway ends at I-435, with US 169 becoming a four-lane divided expressway to Smithville.

North of Smithville, US 169 becomes a two-lane rural highway, passing through the towns of Trimble and Gower before entering St. Joseph. In St. Joseph, the highway intersects I-29 / US 71 twice and forms part of the Belt Highway in the eastern part of the city. Between I-29 and US 36, US 169 travels through an area that is mostly made up of commercial developments and north of US 36 it travels through areas that feature a mix between commercial and residential. The highway leaves St. Joseph after intersecting I-29 / US 71 a second time. North of St. Joseph, US 169's route is mostly rural. The highway has an overlap with US 136 from Stanberry to near Albany. North of US 136, US 169 travels through Gentry, Grant City, and Irena before exiting the state into Iowa.


On May 18, 2018, MoDOT began construction on the Buck O'Neil Bridge, with plans to repair the expansion joints, cable keep replacements and partial scour remediation. The project is expected to last until December at a cost of $7 million.[2] MoDOT eventually plans to completely replace the bridge, with an estimated cost of $150 million; construction would not begin until at least 2022.[3][4]

Major intersections

All exits are unnumbered.

JacksonKansas City0.0000.000

I-70 west / US-24 west / US-40 west / US-169 south
Continuation into Kansas

I-35 south – Wichita
Southern end of I-35 overlap; exit 2A
0.8321.339Beardsley RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; exit 2B

I-35 north / I-70 east / US 24 east (US 40 east) – St. Louis, Des Moines
Northern end of I-35, I-70, US 24, and US 40 overlaps; US 169 north follows I-70 exit 2C
Missouri River1.1731.888Buck O'Neil Bridge
Clay1.7812.866 Richards Road, Harlem Road – Downtown AirportNorthbound exit and entrance and southbound entrance only
3.3345.366 Downtown AirportNorthbound and southbound entrances and southbound exit only
Route 9 – Riverside, Parkville, North Kansas City
5.5488.929Briarcliff Parkway
6.37910.266 US 69 (Vivion Road)Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
I-29 / US 71 – KCI Airport, St. JosephNo northbound exit to southbound I-29 / US 71
7.43711.969Englewood Road – Gladstone
8.93314.376NW 68th Street
10.93417.597Barry Road
11.89119.137 Route 152 – Liberty, Topeka
13.94122.436Shoal Creek Parkway
14.93924.042NW Cookingham Drive
I-435 – St. Joseph, St. Louis
Smithville19.42831.266 Route 92 – Platte City, Kearney
US 169 Spur (Bridge Street)
ClintonAtchison Township32.82652.828 Route 116 – Plattsburg, Rushville
BuchananTremont Township41.70567.118
Route 31 north – Easton
St. Joseph50.57881.397
I-29 / US 71 / I-29 BL begins – Kansas City, Council Bluffs
Southern end of I-29 Business Loop overlap
51.63683.100 I-29 BL (Pear Street)Northern end of I-29 Business Loop overlap
52.57584.611 US 36

I-29 BL south / Route 6 east (Frederick Boulevard)
Southern end of I-29 Business Loop overlap
56.62091.121 I-29 BL (Belt Highway)Northern end of I-29 Business Loop overlap
I-29 / US 71 – Kansas City, Council Bluffs
AndrewNo major intersections
DeKalbPolk Township79.148127.376
Route 31 south / Route E – Clarksdale
GentryKing City84.224135.545
Route 48 west / Route Z – Berlin, Whitesville
US 136 west – Conception Junction
Southern end of US 136 overlap (former route 4)
Huggins Township103.672166.844
US 136 east / Route H – Darlington, Albany
Northern end of US 136 overlap (former route 1A) former Route 4 continued along US 169 to Iowa state line
WorthGrant City121.044194.801 Route 46 – Grant City, Allendale
Fletchall Township126.907204.237
US 169 north – Mount Ayr, Des Moines
Continuation into Iowa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Missouri Department of Transportation (June 3, 2018). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Buck ONeil Bridge". Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Cronkleton, Robert A. (November 9, 2017). "Buck O'Neil Bridge: MoDOT, KC agree to short-term repairs". Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Robertson, Joe (April 19, 2017). "Kansas City, MoDOT split on future of Buck O'Neil Bridge". Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 3, 2018.

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