Special to The Gardner News
The issue of heavyweight truck traffic on the roads surrounding Logistics Park Kansas City, near the BNSF Intermodal facility, was the topic of discussion at an Edgerton City Council meeting on Sept. 19.
The meeting was scheduled specifically to deal with whether the city of Edgerton will require overweight trucks weighing more than 80,000-pounds to have a city-issued permit when travel in and out of the LPKC facility.
The city council, at this meeting, decided to pause its discussions on overweight truck permits for at least 60 days, at the request of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). When the intermodal facility opens up in a few days, KDOT will retain jurisdiction over the heavyweight trucks.
KDOT issued the request to allow the department the opportunity to review the final concrete pavement maintenance program for the heavy haul corridor at the intermodal and LPKC facility, and to explore a possible partnership between KDOT and the city of Edgerton regarding future maintenance of that corridor.
The city may eventually decide to issue overweight permits, not issue permits, or leave the issue up to KDOT.
This decision was not viewed favorably by one local business, Ottawa Co-op, which owns the Edgerton Co-op.
Adrian Derousseau, of Ottawa Co-op, addressed the council, and told them that by delaying a decision on heavyweight trucks, his business would be negatively affected. He commented that the Co-op can’t make future plans concerning their travel routes into and out of the intermodal if they don’t know whether they will need a special city permit for overweight trucks.
Edgerton mayor Donald Roberts told Derousseau he felt like it would be in the city’s best interest to delay a decision on the matter.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Edgerton City Hall.