County mulls P3 options for $3.39B outer loop in Kansas City
Kansas – Leavenworth County commissioners were briefed on a study examining a possible outer loop highway for Kansas City. The issue was originally studied in 1995, and the latest proposed loop would include a four-lane highway that would end near Fort Leavenworth.
To the north, the loop would connect U.S. 73 and Kansas 7 Highway, and then stretch south on the Kansas side of the metropolitan area, ending at Interstate 49 in Missouri.
In total, the project is estimated to cost $3.39 billion.
The outer loop would most likely be constructed in segments, and officials are considering the idea of a public-private partnership (P3). Funding sources also are being considered, and the study has already ruled out the use of tolls on the road.
Officials are mulling the idea of constructing an additional Missouri River bridge in Leavenworth County, which could eventually connect to the proposed outer loop highway.