New highway would promote more urban sprawl
The Kansas City Star
In 1995, gasoline on average was $1.15 a gallon. Today in the Kansas City area it’s nearly three times that at $3.05 a gallon.
Yet, talks are going again on the possible construction of an outer loop highway on the extremities of Johnson County, The Kansas City Star reports. Seventeen years has passed since officials spiked the 21st Century Parkway.
The 36-mile loop would have linked southeastern to western Johnson County. Population growth has occurred in the area, causing discussion to pick up about the need for the highway outside of Interstate 435.
However, the flickering housing market growth and the price of gasoline dictate that the idea remain just talk. Economic pressure dictates that the population move inward toward the center of the metropolitan area, where the jobs, schools and commerce are.
Kansas City already has more highway miles per capita than anywhere else in the country. Adding more roads at a huge cost to further urban sprawl just seems like a ridiculous notion. Wouldn’t it be better to invest in a light-rail system to serve this community?