Hartzler statement on western Missouri's U.S. 71 being upgraded to Interstate 49

Dec 12, 2012 Issues:

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has released the following the statement regarding U.S. 71 along the western edge of Missouri south of Kansas City being upgraded to Interstate highway standards:

“I am pleased that more than two decades after plans to transform U.S. 71 into Interstate 49 were formally launched, I-49 in western Missouri is now a reality. While I am empathetic to the farmers in the area who may have additional challenges moving equipment; overall, I believe Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District will benefit greatly from I-49 as our part of the state will be in a position to attract more commerce and jobs from businesses wanting to locate or expand in communities with access to an Interstate highway. The move will also enhance safety for families as access to Interstate highways is allowed only at interchanges, rather than through at-grade intersections. This upgrade is a wonderful example of federal dollars being used to benefit our people. I am pleased to see this long-awaited idea come to fruition.”

Congresswoman Hartzler, who resides in Cass County, serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.