Danedri Thompson
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Edgerton council members will consider creating a heavy haul corridor near the intermodal. The governing body discussed the idea during a council meeting on Aug. 8.
When it opens this fall, heavy haul traffic will be routed down a newly-improved, two-lane 191st Street. Johnson County provided the funding for upgrading the then dirt road. The heavy haul portion of 191st Street currently extends from Waverly Road to the BNSF intermodal’s doorstep, but council members agreed to extend it further – to Four Corners Road – last August.
This August, council members are considering ways to recoup the cost of upgrades to the road. Members tabled the discussion on Aug. 8.
Anna-Marie Keena, Edgerton administrative services director, said city staff has been researching the costs associated with a heavy haul corridor. Once the county completes construction on 191st Street, the road and its maintenance will be turned over to the city of Edgerton.
Keena said the cost of maintaining a heavy haul road can be prohibitive.
“A heavy haul road is very expensive,” Keena said in an interview after the Aug. 8 city council meeting. “It’s not just pushing snow. It’s going to be patching a road of that size and stature.”
She said city officials have been working with the Kansas Department of Transportation and other entities, including the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and other intermodal facilities to research prospective costs and requirements related to the road.
Council members will discuss hold a work session on Aug. 22 to further consider the issue. Keena said they have not yet determined whether the work session will precede or follow the regularly-scheduled council meeting that evening set for 7 p.m. at city hall.
In other business, council members:
• approved a budget that maintains the current mill levy rate at 36.935. With the proposed rate, the owner of an Edgerton home appraised at $120,000 will pay $509 in property taxes to the city next year.