February 9, 2016

Intermodal on track for 2013 grand opening

Mark Taylor
Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation members took part in a  bus tour of the construction site following their quarterly luncheon meeting last September..
John Hovland, director of marketing and facility development, served as one of the tour guides.
Hovland said the initial construction calls for 48,000 feet of track, 1,810 truck parking spaces, and 4,300 container stacking spots.
That will provide capacity for about 500,000 lifts.
“A lift is taking a container and putting it on a rail car, or taking a container and taking it off of a rail car,” Hovland said.
The Edgerton intermodal – which will replace a smaller facility in Argentine — will be one of two in the country with electric lifting capability.
The facility will use state-of-the-art electric cranes that measure 253 feet wide.
Backup power will be in place in the event of an outage.
“There will be a redundant (electrical) feed,” Hovland said.  “There will be feeds from two different transmission stations. When done right, you won’t even know the power went out on the first feed.”
The cranes can complete a lift in about a minute and a half.
Truck drivers can be in and out of the facility in 25 minutes.
“A lot of facilities take an hour or more,” Hovland said.
With initial grading and construction work underway at the complex, the first building on the site is starting to take shape.
A hostler truck and maintenance building is visible on the east side of the development.
Hovland said the Allen Group, developer of the logistics park portion of the development, is also looking into repurposing a historic stone house on the intermodal property.
“The Allen Group is looking into getting permits to occupy the house and using it as a sales center for the logistics park,” he said.
The intermodal logistics park is expected to be open for business in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Construction on a new “divergent diamond” interchange to serve the development is expected to begin early next year.
Construction work on the interchange —  located at Interstate 35 and Homestead Road – is expected to get underway this spring.
KDOT selected the Homestead location after studying other alternatives based on its location between existing interchanges at Gardner and Sunflower roads, because it created the least impact on the surrounding areas, and because it was the least expensive option.
The state will fund the construction.
Daily traffic counts on I-35 between Gardner and Sunflower roads is currently estimated at 25,000 vehicles per day.
By 2040, that number is estimated to reach 64,000 vehicles per day.
The intermodal logistics park is expected to generate more than 17,000 vehicle trips per day, including 7,000 commercial trucks.
County commissioners were told in February that construction bids for road improvements serving the intermodal came in below estimates.
Hannes Zacharias, county manager, said bids were opened by the Kansas Department of Transportation in January.
The bids for the county’s share of improvements to 191st Street, Homestead Lane and a Homestead Lane interchange came in about $3.7 million below the engineer’s estimate.
Clarkson Construction Company was the low bidder.
“KDOT is working to finalize the contract with Clarkson,” Zacharias said. “Clarkson is expected to start construction on the projects this spring and planned to be completed by the end of the 2013 construction season.”
The county agreed in 2009 to contribute $14 million toward the project.
The bids for each project follow. The engineer’s estimate is in parenthesis.
Improvements to 191st Street from Four Corners Road to Waverly Road: $4.7 million ($7.2 million).
Improvements to Homestead Lane from 191st to 199th streets: $6 million ($6.6 million).
Homestead Road interchange at Interstate 35: $21.3 million ($23.9 million).
The Allen Group, developer of the logistics park, has identified its first warehouse tenant for the development.
The DeLong Co., an exporter of containerized grain, closed on the purchase of an 8.7 acre site last year.


  1. @real Judith – Glad to see you back. You hadn’t posted for a full day, I was going to request someone check up on you to make sure you were ok.

  2. State of Affairs says:

    Looks like the “frauds” are posting again.

  3. Show your causality or give it up.

    If you have proof that semi trucks caused the Minnesota bridge collapse (keeping in mind the ACTUAL cause was poor construction and even worse maintentance and not related at all to trucks), maybe you ought to cough it up.

    If you have proof that the I-435 bridge collapse was because of truck traffic and not poor design or construction, let’s hear it. But you’d better do more than counting cars on the road. You know, engineering and physics, not just some random tidbit of information that connects nothing together. Looking at only a single element, a single truth…that there were a bunch of cars on the road..and ignoring all other facts is just as bad as if you flat-out lied about. The truth has to be the whole truth, not just the parts you want to look at.

    So go ahead. Find the engineering proof that justifies your saying that the new Gardner interchange…or ANY interchange will collapse because of trucks. We’ll all wait.

  4. State of Affairs says:

    Touchy, touchy.

    Didn’t I say “the planned overpass for the intermodal will be between Gardner and Edgerton. Best that it be built strong.” and “What wear and tear do you think projected 64,000 traffic count will cause?”

    And, if you were creeping along during rush hour traffic and on an overpass (it was at I-435 West & I-35 South) with semi’s and cars just after the bridge in Minnesota collapsed, wouldn’t you hope that it with stood all the weight? Or would you rather crash onto the traffic below?

  5. You DO understand that you’re saying the same thing, don’t you? It doesn’t change the basic assertion you’re making, that the weight of trucks are going to make bridges collapse. Or make you worry that bridges will collapse. If you can’t actually back up that assertion…however you try to imply it…then you’re really not making any point at all, now, are you?

  6. Judith Rogers says:

    Then by all means tell us what did make the bridge in Minnesota collapse………..I will want all of your documentation and your engineering degree to back up your statements…………

  7. Skeptic says:

    How did a failed bridge in Minnesota mean that bridges here will fail due to an intermodal facility? The failure is well documented Judy.

    Some of you anti everything folks have some interesting “logic”.

    Some examples:
    Town will die of pollution
    Some blastng will destroy everyones’ homes
    Millions of trucks in town
    Town will hear trains and engines running 24-7
    Hookers and murderers will run rampant.
    Bridges will collapse.
    The streets will run with blood (I made this one up)

  8. Judith Rogers says:

    You make a lot up, Skeptic, just like the worthless politicians and the thieves do to get them what they want…………stick around, you will see what comes down the pike and hope you enjoy living with what you will be living with and paying for…………….

  9. Judith, do your own work. If you didn’t bother reading the final report (or even news reports of the final report) for the Minnesota bridge, too bad. You apparently have a lot of time on your hands. Look it up, lazy.

    I’m not the one claiming that bridges are falling left and right because of trucks. That’s your mirror-buddy, State, spouting half-truths as if they were hard fact. She still hasn’t backed up her claims. Maybe you ought to buddy up together and you can both look up the reports.

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