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Project Profile: US Route 63 Corridor Expansion

Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project

photo credit: Missouri Department of Transportation

Location

Macon County, Missouri

Project Borrower / Sponsor

Highway 63 Transportation Corporation

Program Areas

Alternative Project DeliveryValue Capture

Value Capture Techniques

Sales Tax District

Transportation Corporation

Mode

Highway

Description

The City of Kirksville, Missouri formed the Highway 63 Transportation Corporation (H63TC) in 1999 through a cooperative agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC), and Adair County. H63TC funded, promoted, planned, and constructed two additional highway lanes along a 30-mile stretch of U.S. 63 from Macon to Kirksville in the north-central portion of the state. Specifically, the expansion extends from Route KK in Millard, Adair County south to Route DD in Macon County. Construction of the additional lanes began in May 2003 and was completed in October 2005.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) initially brought forth plans for the project in 1998 but construction was deferred until 2020 due to funding constraints. Residents of Kirksville decided to form a transportation corporation to fund a portion of the project. MoDOT and the MHTC were receptive to accelerating project implementation if supplemental funding from local sources could be found.

In March 2002, the MHTC approved an agreement between MoDOT and the H63TC to widen Highway 63 to four lanes between Macon and Kirksville, provided that the corporation contributed $11.5 million (up to 30 percent of total project cost) from local funding sources. In April 2002, voters in Kirksville overwhelmingly approved a ten-year, one-half cent sales tax increase to raise the $11.5 million.

Cost

$35.5 million

Funding Sources

Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission - $24 million

Highway 63 Transportation Corporation - $11.5 million

Project Delivery / Contract Method

Design-build with maintenance contract

Private Partner

Koch Performance Roads - Design-builder

Project Advisors / Consultants

Koch Performance Roads - Construction Management

Bank Midwest - Line of Credit

Lenders Not available
Duration / Status

Construction began in May of 2003

Substantial completion in October 2005

Financial Status

The half-cent percent sales tax was collected from 2003 to 2013. The final payment was made in June 2013.

Innovations
  • The Highway 63 Transportation Corporation is an example of local community residents organizing to accomplish shared transportation goals. In this instance, the project would have been delayed over 20 years were it not for H63TC.
  • Only a few states including Missouri, allow private individuals and local governments to form non-profit corporations for the planning and development of transportation projects. This law helps transportation projects to move forward in the face of limited state funds.
Related Links / Articles

Case Study

2007 Report to the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight

June 2013 News Article on Project Completion

Contacts

Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
Tel: (573) 751-2824
MHTC@modot.mo.gov

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