Traffic Alert: Crews Will Temporarily CLOSE Left Handed Exit Ramps from I-435 to I-70 on Aug. 24

JACKSON COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation will temporarily CLOSE the left-hand exit ramps from both southbound I-435 to eastbound I-70 AND northbound I-435 to westbound I-70 beginning at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 until approximately 9 p.m. the same evening. This closure is in preparation for the permanent closure of these ramps tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 6. All work is weather permitting.

·         Chiefs fans headed to Arrowhead Stadium from the north are encouraged to take southbound I-435 to eastbound U.S. Route 40.

·         Crews will CLOSE the left-hand exit ramp from southbound I-435 to eastbound I-70 beginning at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 until approximately 9 p.m.

o   DETOUR: Motorists needing to access eastbound I-70 from southbound I-435 are advised to exit at U.S Route 40 and to travel eastbound on U.S. Route 40 to the eastbound I-70 on ramp.

·         Crews will CLOSE the left-hand exit ramp from northbound I-435 to westbound I-70 beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 until approximately 9 p.m.

o   DETOUR: Motorists needing to access westbound I-70 from northbound I-435 are advised to exit at 23rd Street and make a U-turn under the bridge to southbound I-435.  Motorists should then take the exit from southbound I-435 to westbound I-70.

In order for crews to permanently close these ramps and demolish the bridges the weekend of Sept. 6, there will be a FULL CLOSURE of I-70 in the vicinity of the interchange in both directions. This is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 6. More details about this closure will be released at a later date.


This project will have significant impacts on traffic for two full construction seasons. For more information about this project, visit our website. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.netor consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.

Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

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Lucas Oil Speedway’s Fan Appreciation Night includes points battles, Pure Stocks and Vintage Racers

WHEATLAND, Missouri (August 13, 2019) – An action-packed Saturday night awaits fans at Lucas Oil Speedway when action resumes this week for Fan Appreciation Night Presented by CW Ozarks/Ozarks Sports Zone.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will headline the action with a 25-lap, $1,000 to win feature. Pure Stocks also will be a special guest class, joining the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks. 

The Show-Me Vintage Racing Club also will return after a popular appearance a year ago. The club, which features a wide variance of years, makes and models, will display their cars on the midway before putting on a 10-lap vintage race.

“We really enjoyed having the Show-Me Vintage Race Club on hand last year. They were a lot of fun for the fans to look at up close on the midway and on the race track,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. 

“We’re also excited about having the Pure Stocks make their first appearance as a guest class,” Lorton added, noting that the division will return on Aug. 31 during the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial. The Pure Stocks will use Lake Ozark Speedway and MO-KAN Pure Stock rules.

The Pure Stock drivers won’t have to pay any type of track registration fee or entry fee, just for pit passes. Feature payouts will go through 24th place with first in the feature worth $300.

In the next-to-last Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program of 2019, fans will be treated to food and drink specials throughout the evening including $1 nachos & cheese, $2 hot dogs and $2 soft drinks or waters. There also will be specials in the Track Treasures Gift Shop and Diamond Bar during the evening and the first 500 fans through the spectator gates will receive gift bags courtesy of GEICO and Lucas Oil Speedway.

The points races are coming down to the wire with an especially close battle in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models where Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City leads Kaeden Cornell by five points and Aaron Marrant by nine.

Robbie Reed of Mexico leads Paden Phillips by 49 points in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division. Lebanon’s Kris Jackson is 47 in front of JC Morton in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. Toby Ott of Wheatland has a commanding 118-point margin over Johnny Coats in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Admission prices:
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over) $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30
Pit pass $30
For questions about tickets or camping for any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at

Bates County Boot Blockers Looking for Volunteers for Boot-Drive August 24th

Bates County Boot Blockers are asking for help from the public in their effort to raise funds for the 5 families whose lives were so devastated by the car accident that occured on Friday, August 9th, on Business Loop 49 in Butler.
A Boot-Drive is planned for Saturday, August 24th, and volunteers are needed to help man corners and intersections. If you are available to help, volunteers can call DeAnna Hutton at 816-258-1756. Let’s pull together, as only our community can, to help alleviate some of the financial burden that this type of tragedy brings to the families and loved ones of all involved. Phone DeAnna Hutton at 816-258-1756.