On Wednesday, the first barge to dock at the Port of Kansas City since 2007 was loaded with scrap metal to be transported to Peoria, Ill. PortKC officials hailed the event as the rebirth of the Woodswether Terminal on city-owned land northwest of downtown.
PortKC president Michael Collins said the reopened site is one of few public ports on the Missouri River and should serve as an economic stimulus when used by shippers from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
PortKC, which rebranded itself from the Port Authority of Kansas City in May, has teamed with Kaw Valley Companies to operate the port at 1724 Market St., a bumpy spur off Woodswether Road northwest of Kansas City’s downtown. The port, which has a long-term lease from the city, intends to expand the largely undeveloped site from the current eight acres to about 14 acres. It also is working to reconnect the dock site to a nearby Union Pacific rail line that runs along Woodswether Road.