I-70 designated ‘Presidential Highway’
The Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation joined with the Eisenhower and Truman Presidential Libraries to designate 165 miles of Interstate 70 in Kansas and Missouri as the Eisenhower – Truman Presidential Highway.
A sign showing the highway designations was unveiled in a ceremony Friday, Nov. 18, at Case Park in Kansas City, Mo. The sign for the Kansas portion of I-70 lists Dwight D. Eisenhower’s name first; the sign for Missouri’s portion lists Harry Truman’s name first.
In 2011, the Kansas Legislature and Missouri General Assembly each enacted laws creating the highway designations for I-70.
From Independence, Mo., Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States, serving from 1945 to 1953. From Abilene, Kan., General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving from 1953 to 1961. Both presidents advanced the road and highway system, including the bill that authorized the interstate system in 1956.
Private funds were raised to cover the cost of producing and maintaining the three new highway signs. On Kansas’ 149-mile stretch of I-70, signs will be placed on westbound I-70 in Kansas City and on eastbound I-70 approximately a mile west of the K-15 interchange in Abilene. On Missouri’s 16-mile stretch, one sign will be placed on westbound I-70 at the eastern city limits of Independence.