February 6, 2016

Council eliminates 167th Street as truck route

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Despite reaching a consensus on Jan. 21 to eliminate all truck routes within the city of Gardner, council members only mothballed one route, 167th Street, during a Feb. 3 meeting. Public works director Brian Faust offered two different options to city council members during the meeting. One proposal would eliminate all routes Continue Reading

Speed limit on Main Street to be reduced

Drivers, lower your speed on Main Street on the south side of town. The Kansas Department of Transportation is lowering the speed limit on Main Street between Center Street and Poplar Street from 40 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. Main Street doubles as U.S. 56 Highway. State highway officials are lowering the Continue Reading

Bus accident in Edgerton injures three

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com U.S. 56 Highway is closed near Four Corners Road in Edgerton after a school bus accident this afternoon. Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an accident involving three vehicles and a school bus at approximately 4 p.m. on May 15. According to Tom Erickson, Public Information Officer for the sheriff’s office, the Continue Reading

KDOT projects will require lane closures on 56 Highway; work starts April 9

Kansas Department Of Transportation will begin a project to repair pavement on U.S. 56 Highway beginning April 9. The project limits will be from Sycamore Street to the bridge over Old U.S. 56 Highway. Lane closures will be required. Information on dates and times will be provided on message boards along U.S. 56 Highway and Continue Reading

County decides against pursuing TIGER grant for Edgerton project

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners are no longer considering applying for federal TIGER grant funds for improvements to U.S. 56 Highway and 199th Street as reported last week. Staff recommended against applying for the grant Feb. 23 due to unforseen costs and time constraints. Mac Andrew, public works director, said the decision was made Continue Reading

One injured in car, semi accident

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com A man was in serious condition Dec. 29 after the vehicle he was driving rear-ended a tractor-trailer at U.S. 56 Highway and Cedar Niles Road in Gardner. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Ilena Spalding, public information officer for Continue Reading

Moonlight Road, 56 Highway intersection to close this week

Weather permitting, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF)  will perform road and track restorations at the Moonlight Road railroad crossing located at the intersection of Moonlight Road and U.S. 56 Highway during the week of May 31. BNSF will close Moonlight Road, at the railroad crossing, from Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3. 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

250 percent jump in accidents on 175th Street

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com With an increase in the city’s population and the number of traffic accidents, some residents in Gardner have called for a reevaluation of heavily traveled thoroughfares in town. For some, the December 2010 two-car accident which cost the lives of Hannah Apperson and Milton Whaley highlighted the importance of making U.S. 56 Continue Reading

Westbound traffic restriction on U.S. 56 until July 9

Westbound traffic on U.S. 56 Highway will be down to one lane until approximately July 9. Construction at the Moonlight Road and 56 Highway intersection requires that westbound lanes be restricted so work crews can install a right turn for westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic will also continue to experience construction-related lane reductions intermittently. City officials Continue Reading