February 10, 2016

KDOT begins truck parking study

The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority have started a freight truck parking study. “As more freight moves across the state, truck parking needs to be reevaluated in order to determine if current needs are being met,” Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King said. The state’s truck parking capacity, conditions, trends and opportunities Continue Reading

I-35 project to slow area commuters

Work is underway on an Interstate 35 project that will likely slow commuters this summer and fall. Crews began a project to refresh pavement on I-35 between 151st and Santa Fe Streets on March 16. They anticipate temporary lane closures beginning March 30 with the $15 million repaving project to be completed in December. Construction Continue Reading

City asked to participate in freight district study

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Kansas Department of Transportation will ask the city of Gardner to sign on to a study to create a freight district in southwest Johnson County. Participating in the plan would cost the city 5.5 percent of the estimated $450,000 project, or no more than $25,000. Thomas Dow, a state transportation planner, Continue Reading

Biz owners, residents voice intersection expansion concerns

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Reluctantly, Shirley Bruce VanArsdale will move forward with plans to expand Bruce’s Funeral Home and add more parking. “I’m going to expand and hope you don’t eat us in another 15 years,” she told city and state officials while voicing her concerns about a U.S. 56 Highway and Center Street expansion. The Continue Reading

KDOT lowers speed limit along 56 Highway in Gardner

The Kansas Department of Transportation lowered the speed limit on U.S. 56 Highway between the intersection of old 56 Highway and Interstate 35. Drivers must now drive no faster than 50 miles per hour, rather than 55 miles per hour, on that one-mile stretch of road that links the city of Gardner to the interstate. Continue Reading