The Nearly Forgotten Chicago-Kansas City Expressway, and Why Missouri Has Two Highways Numbered "110"
I will start today's blog by stating that I am not a fan of the Chicago-Kansas City Expressway. Or, more specifically, I am not a fan of "Route 110" in either Missouri or Illinois, mostly because it has been functionally obsolete since the day it was first legislated into existence 11 years ago on May 27th, 2010.
How is it that a highway designated that recently considered forgotten? Probably because nobody knew what to make of it even when it was originally designed.
Even in this article explaining the Chicago-Kansas City route, or CKC, the number 110 doesn't come up once. Today I'm going to explain why I'm not a fan of this road, why it exists, and what I think would help tremendously in making the road a somewhat legitimate part of Illinois' highway system.
|Wikipedia Commons Map of IL/MO-110, or the Chicago-Kansas City Expressway, or the *shudders* CKC.|
Let's start with the actual route itself. Shouldn't a Chicago to Kansas City Expressway be the shortest, or at least, somewhat shortest, route between the two cities? Here's what happens when I use Google Maps to get directions from Chicago to Kansas City:
|Driving Directions from Chicago to Kansas City. No assumptions or addresses other than the two cities were used.|
|Bill Burmaster image of IL-94/110/336.|
The most ironic thing about this road, however, is that the significant infrastructure investment in the region (I-172, IL-336, US-34 Freeway, US-67 Expressway, et. al) is what makes the road so obsolete in the first place. Forgottonia is no longer forgotten, at least in the sense of highway creation. All these roads existed before 110 came along, with the exception of the Macomb bypass, which nonetheless was planned and funded before the 110 designation, and still today exists as IL-110/336.