Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
A big crowd turned out for the city of Edgerton’s “Intermodal 101,” the first in a series of informational meetings concerning the Logistics Park Kansas City and BNSF Intermodal project in Edgerton.
The first session, titled “What is Intermodal?” was held on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Edgerton Elementary School. This session served as an introductory meeting and also partially focused on the infrastructure required for the intermodal project.
Representatives from the city of Edgerton, NorthPoint Development, BNSF Railway, and Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation were all present to discuss the Intermodal and how it will affect Edgerton. There was also a segment of the program dedicated to questions from the audience, which numbered approximately 100 people.
Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts spoke to the members of the audience about the economic impact the intermodal project will have on Edgerton now and years into the future.
BNSF officials answered questions from the audience concerning railroad crossing “quiet zones”, which are to be eventually put into effect at the 199th Street and Nelson Street crossings. The railroad crossing at 207th Street will at some point in the future have a “grade separation” crossing, meaning a bridge or underpass will be constructed so as not to block vehicular traffic at that crossing.
BNSF representatives also addressed train speeds and engine whistle blowing procedures currently in Edgerton.
Two other topics of discussion at the meeting were the Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and the diverging diamond interchange located at Interstate 35 and Homestead Lane. This style of interchange will be the first of its kind in the state of Kansas.
Roberts commented that he felt the entire evening went well and was pleased with the large turnout from the community.
“This was an exciting way to kick off our series of informational meetings regarding the Intermodal project, and I appreciated the information given and the questions asked,” he said.
The next “Intermodal 101” session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at the elementary school. That session will deal with public safety issues regarding the intermodal.
Other sessions are set for Monday, Sept. 23 and Monday Sept. 30. Those sessions will address employment and transportation and infrastructure.
Officials will host community open house for the Logistics Park-Kansas City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the facility on west 191st Street.
The Intermodal and LPKC facility are scheduled to officially open for business the last week of September or the first week of October.