The deadliest road: U.S. 63

There are many roadways that are dangerous in Missouri, but a new study has found those that are the deadliest in Kansas and Missouri to help drivers understand the risks. In Missouri, one of the most dangerous highways was identified as U.S. 63 north-south, which passes through both Jefferson City and Columbia.

That highway has a high fatal crash rate of .07 deaths per million vehicle miles. How does that compare to other states? U.S. 63 was only safer than the deadliest highways in 22 other states. In total, 179 people were killed on this highway looking at the data over the last decade.

Why is U.S. 63 such a dangerous highway?

U.S. 63 is a dangerous highway because of a few factors. First, the highway does pass through the state capital in Jefferson City. The highway goes through a number of small towns that don’t necessarily have the financing to care for the roads, so the arteries to the highway and highway itself may not be in good condition in those areas.

To overhaul the highway, it would cost around $300 million. Since that hasn’t happened, much of the highway is made up of only two lanes. The lanes go through rural areas, like farmland.

Two-lane highways tend to have more collisions as drivers attempt to pass and merge. There isn’t as much space, and for a well-traveled highway, expansion is usually the next step to prevent issues.

No matter where you are, you can take steps to stay safe

No matter where you’re traveling, whether you’re in Lee’s Summit or on U.S. 63, you deserve to be safe and can be if you take precautions. Always plan plenty of time to get to your destination, so you can go the speed limit and avoid having to pass slower vehicles in two-lane areas.

You should also watch out for potholes and other issues with road maintenance, especially in rural areas where the roads are less likely to be cared for.

There are many dangerous roads and intersections in the state, but by slowing down and being aware of what’s happening around you, you’ll improve your chances of getting to your destination safely.


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