The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved agreements for public road infrastructure improvements to accommodate the intermodal facility last week. Estimates for necessary road improvements total more than $32 million.

One agreement replaces a previous agreement between the city of Edgerton and the county for road improvements on 191st Street. Under the new agreement, the county will make upgrades on the street between Four

Corners and Waverly Roads. The city of Edgerton will be responsible for maintenance of 191st Street.

The commissioners agreed to establish a $2 million project account with the Kansas Department of Transportation to fund design, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation along that section of 191st Street. Reserves from the

County Assistance Road System (CARS) program will be used to establish the fund and KDOT will reimburse the county.

Commissioners hired Shafer, Kline and Warren for design engineering services on the 191st street project. The commission earmarked $456,300 for the project with an option to spend $44,040 to study a connection between U.S. 56 Highway and 191st Street or Four Corners Road.

County commissioners also agreed to provide $14 million in federal funding through the Kansas Department of Transportation to help finance a new Interstate 35 interchange to be built at Homestead Lane.

Construction of the road improvements, new I-35 interchange, and the Intermodal Facility are expected to start in early 2011, weather permitting.

The road work is expected to the completed in time for the opening of the rail-truck hub by late 2013.

Negotiations involving the rail-truck hub, with an estimated investment of $250 million, have been under way for more than two years.