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Old 08-05-2004, 05:43 PM   #1
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Missouri/Kansas Hwy 36

Has anyone ever traveled this highway? Whats it like? Is it a good road to take across Missouri and Kansas?

Just drove across on I70, man the traffic is bad - seems a lot worse than it was just a couple of years ago.

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Old 08-05-2004, 06:50 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever traveled this highway? Whats it like? Is it a good road to take across Missouri and Kansas?

Just drove across on I70, man the traffic is bad - seems a lot worse than it was just a couple of years ago.

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US 60 is not bad, if it is not out of your way. I used to travel that way frequently.
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We just traveled the Missouri portion east to Macon. Parts are under construction, parts are smooth, and parts will jiggle everything in your AS loose! I am wondering if this is part of the reason for our bath area leak we are puzzling. We have traveled Hwy 36 several times towing, but this time seemed bad enough that Max commented that we need to find another way home next summer. I suspect that some of the bad portions will be repaired by then, but be forwarned for now. By the way, going out, West, we didn't think the road was so bad. Sadly, Missouri has few bragging rights for her highways.
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Ken J - I agree that I-70 has gotten to be a real bear. We hate to even drive to Topeka on it. I love the back roads and take 24 when heading west. However 36 is a great scenic drive with many little towns and the last time I traveled it about half way across the state this spring (in a car though), it was in good shape. I have traveled 36 into Missouri but only to I-35 this year and I wasn't impressed. I understand that many improvements are being madeto it however because they want it to be another major east/west road. But with Missouri's road budget, who knows how long that will take. And you never drive it during a downpour, it floods easily. Good luck.

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Thanks for the help - sounds to me like I need to stick to I-70, ugh - once you get to Kansas its not as bad - Missouri is terrible. Also probably this is a bad time of year to travel - lots on the roads.

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Since the primaries, I notice that both our gubernatorial candidates are promising improvement in Missouri's roads and bridges. Ah, well, hope springs eternal. . .I wish I were not such a pessimist about possible improvement--for my lifetime of travel! I, for one voter, will be reading closely to see what plans they are developing to change the present situation!
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We traveled 36 from 81 east to MO a couple of years ago....it was bad for us because the seams seemed to be just right for tooth jarring.
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Missouri/Kansas Hwy 36

I can't comment on the Eastern Kansas through Missouri portion of US 36, but in Central and Western Kansas it is among my favorite routes for exploring small towns and interesting local attractions. Since moving to the far Southern part of Illinois, I explored the more Southern routes and found that US 183 South from US 24 or K-18 is a wonderfully pleasant drive - - headed West on US 160 then dropped down to US 166 as I wanted to visit Chetopa, Kansas - - it was then on to I-44 through Springfield, MO where I picked up US-60 and followed that all of the way to Sikeston, MO. The Southern route was in good repair with only two very short delays for road repairs and the roads were in otherwise excellent condition. I just returned from four days exploring US 36 from Phillipsburg to Mankato, KS as well as the Southern route described above.

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