What does the Diverging Diamond Interchange look like?

MoDOT is proposing a French-style Diverging Diamond Interchange at Stadium and I-70. Last week, we told you on ColumbiaMissourian.com about the intersection. The design of the new interchange is difficult to describe in words, so instead, here’s some pictures of the Springfield interchange, the only Diverging Diamond in the US.

An aerial view of the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in the US. Photo courtesy of MoDOT.

Cars travel through the Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-44 and Route 13 in Springfield, MO. Photo courtesy of MoDOT.

An aerial view illustrates the design of the Diverging Diamond Intersection in Springfield. Photo courtesy of MoDOT.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange design includes two traffic signals. Photo courtesy of MoDOT.

An overhead view of the Springfield Diverging Diamond Interchange illustrates how the flow of traffic works in the French design. Photo courtesy of MoDOT.

MoDOT’s Web site says the Diverging Diamond Interchange will “move traffic faster, reduce congestion, and increase safety.”  What do you think of the proposed interchange?

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3 Responses

  1. I am going out today to take some real photos of the diverging diamond.

    The most noticeable thing about the diamond is the tire marks on the curbs where big trucks hit the curbs as they go through the diamond.

    Trucks need to swing wide in both lanes to clear the curbs, which can’t be done if there is a lot of traffic.

    But it is still better than it was.

  2. Beautiful pictures. I love this, it can add my horizon. Thank you for your care.

  3. http://bus-plunge.blogspot.com/2010/02/diverging-diamond-tire-marks-on-curbs.html

    Here are some photos of the diverging diamond in Springfield, MO. Notice the tire marks on the curbs.

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