Beyond the Loop

What You'll Learn

  • Explore a collaborative planning approach for using the lessons learned during this project, which was Missouri's first PEL study (Planning + Environmental Linkages).
  • Better understand the complex regional initiatives, opportunities, impacts, and ramifications associated with consolidating or removing urban freeways.
  • How to transform complex urban planning and transportation projects using lessons learned.

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The Kansas City, Missouri, downtown is poised for additional growth, but a downtown loop of highways  has defined and divided neighborhoods and districts for a generation. Learn how a recent comprehensive and collaborative planning study explored new possibilities and a series of alternative solutions to transform these corridors into more vibrant and productive assets.

The study also addressed transportation and safety needs, enhanced economic development and placemaking opportunities, and improved connectivity. The document analyzed alternatives for a new Missouri River bridge replacement, revised Downtown Airport access, I-70 consolidation and/or removal, and enhanced bicycle/pedestrian accommodations and transit opportunities.

Learn about Kansas City's first Planning + Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study, an integrated method of planning that is compatible with future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) studies. Hear from agencies, consultants, and communities involved in this planning effort, including their perspectives for balancing the desire to create focused urban planning and growth opportunities with that of regional transportation implications.