Mark Taylor
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Construction work on a new interchange at Interstate 35 and Homestead Road is expected to begin as soon as February.
The Edgerton City Council gave its authorization for the construction of a new divergent diamond interchange to serve the intermodal logistics park on Aug 25.
The council passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to proceed with construction.
City Administrator Beth Linn said the interchange will be bundled with two other major road construction projects and bid around the third week of December.
Bids are expected to be opened during the third week of January.
“We would hope that construction would be well on its way by February or March,” Linn said.
Construction is currently underway at the intermodal logistics park, which is expected to open in late 2013.
Linn said 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.
Linn added that while the agreement only addresses the interchange, a new section of Homestead Lane is also expected to constructed as a paved road between 199th Street and 191st Street as part of the project.
“I think their hope is to let them as one construction project with one contractor so the coordination for those three pieces happens a little more seamlessly,” Linn said.
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.
KDOT has selected a “diverging diamond” design for the interchange.
A video model of the interchange and simulated traffic flow is available at edgertonks.org.