Summary of US 56 & I-35 Interchange Improvements


Contact Information

Organization: Gardner
Contact person: Jen Jordan-Spence
Phone: 913-856-0928
Organization address: 120 E. Main
  Gardner, KS    66030

General Information

1. Project name: US 56 & I-35 Interchange Improvements
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Gardner, Johnson, Kansas
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: US-56 (175th Street) and I-35 interchange
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation )
The project improvements will be designed per Complete Streets guidelines and will incorporate facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists. The existing interchange does not have pedestrian/bicycle accommodations. Continuing development of businesses related to the BNSF intermodal facility have created additional truck/freight traffic. Warehouses have already been built to the east of the interchange. The improvements will be designed to accommodate truck/freight.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Tim McEldowney
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $16000000
9. Project description: The existing interchange is a large rural diamond with a single loop ramp. The ultimate interchange improvements will address the future interchange configuration including ramp locations to minimize the interchange footprint and the addition of thru lanes on US-56/175th Street. In the near-term, improvements will be needed to accommodate development poised to occur east of the interchange. These improvements will most likely include installation of traffic signals and turn lanes at the ramp intersections. The project will be designed to accommodate all vehicle types and provide access across I-35 for pedestrians and bicyclists. With the addition of KCATA transit routes from downtown KC to Gardner and Edgerton, the interchange will assist in improving local and regional mobility, increase long-term economic development and attract and retain residents and businesses by connecting people to regional jobs.
10. Scope: The project will serve all transportation modes, including the addition of pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Trucks/freight will be served by improving their access to warehousing located in the vicinity of the interchange. The project is approximately 0.5 miles long and will increase US-56 from 4 to 6 lanes through the interchange. The addition of signals and turn lanes will move traffic more efficiently and safely.
11. Project schedule: Interim improvements to the interchange will be made as development occurs, which is expected within the next 2 to 10 years. There is no schedule at this time for the ultimate improvements.

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Kelly Woodward said...

In the future, the City of Gardner will be a critical location for people who want to live close to the new jobs created in and adjacent to Logistics Park KC, the New Century AirCenter and the I-35 interchanges.The City is experiencing continued demand for diverse housing types that allow people to experience a higher-quality of life and lower transportation costs/greater transportation choice by living closer to jobs. Much of Gardners growth potential exists across the I-35 interchange, where annexation has begun. It is critical that this formerly rural interchange be upgraded to safely serve the new demands, and that it be configured to link the current developed area of Gardner with medical and educational services to the new planned commercial and residential development, so that Gardner doesnt become a community divided. The US 56 & I-35 Interchange Improvements project will transform the interchange to a more urban format, freeing up space to accommodate more modes of transportation, including public transportation. Utilizing a more compact design will allow safe access connections (distances) for an adjacent road network and let the adjacent property be served more efficiently with infrastructure. Please elevate this project to support the future of Gardner as an affordable housing and job center in the region that is proactive in addressing growth and preserving the high quality of life in this edge city.

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