Channeling Skip Sleyster just this once

September 5, 2012

The good news is, US Highway 71, more commonly known as the “BRW” (Bruce R. Watkins) Expressway is slated to become an interstate highway later this year.

The official designation is expected to take place at high noon on Dec. 12. Do the math, 12/12//12/12. But the new interstate designation doesn’t include the part of the highway that runs north of I-435 in South Kansas City. The reason, three at-grade intersections currently exist that would require extensive modifications before the interstate designation is made to the portion of the BRW between downtown and the Grandview Triangle.

The late Skip Sleyster railed against local government on a weekly basis about the folly of putting stoplights on a freeway. Now, thanks to those stoplights at 55th, 59th and Gregory Boulevard, the urban core portion of US 71 won’t see interstate highway designation any time soon.

This Newshound sure didn’t agree with ol’ Skip on much, but even this old dog sees the idiocy of stoplights on a freeway. Here’s hoping the powers that be at the local, state and federal level already have blueprints in hand for the necessary modifications to the affected intersections, hence paving the way for I-49 to extend all the way to the downtown loop instead of starting the designation halfway between here and Joplin.

Comments are closed.

  • Big shoes to fill

    October 14th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News October 15, 2014 This past weekend, Kansas City’s Westside lost a powerful advocate for community based policing and […]


    A complete and total waste

    October 7th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News October 8, 2014 Calling the justice system in Jackson County a joke would be a gross understatement. Of […]


    System Fail

    September 30th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News October 1, 2014 Last week, one of Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood’s biggest village idiots, one Tyler Sutton of 426 […]


    Return to Sender – Address Unknown

    September 23rd, 2014
    by

    Northeast News September 24, 2014 Expecting that important letter from a long lost cousin? Check from the government? Well if […]


    Avenue Buzzing with new construction

    September 16th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News September 17, 2014 There’s a flurry of construction on Independence Avenue these days and it’s not all centered […]


  • Trashy Tax

    September 9th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News September 10, 2014 Don’t look for any of the heated discussions on the illegal dumping issue to die […]


    Drive-Gate – The controversy rages on

    September 3rd, 2014
    by

    Northeast News September 3, 2014 There’s recently been quite a bit of fur flyin’ on social media in regards to […]


    Due Process is Over-rated

    August 26th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News August 27, 2014 Well it appears that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is “down with the struggle” as it […]


    Business Killer

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News August 20, 2014 Streetcar proponents have long ballyhooed their scheme as an economic driver for local business, citing […]


    Déjà vu all over again

    August 12th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News August 13, 2014 “You ain’t seen the last of Ernest T. Bass” harkened the infamous character from the […]


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Liberty Memorial: A national tribute

    Northeast News The third annual convention of the American Legion was held in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct.

    Gov. Nixon visits Lincoln Prep to applaud school

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Sometimes when you're doing something good, even those at the highest level have to say congratulations. Last Thursday, Gov.

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder [...]