Summary of US-56, Moonlight Rd to I-35 & New Century interchange

Gardner

Contact Information

Organization: Gardner
Contact person: Jen Jordan-Spence
Title:
Phone: 913-856-0928
E-mail: jjordan@gardnerkansas.gov
Organization address: 120 E. Main
  Gardner, KS    66030


General Information

1. Project name: US-56, Moonlight Rd to I-35 & New Century interchange
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Gardner, Johnson, Kansas
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: US 56, interchange at New Century Parkway
4. Primary project mode: Highway/roadway 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * None * Active Transportation * Bridge )
The project improvements will be designed per Complete Streets guidelines and will incorporate facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists. The existing roadway and interchange do 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 in the vicinity of the corridor and will likely continue to develop. 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
tmceldowney@gardnerkansas.gov
913-856-0959
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $50000000
9. Project description: The purpose of the project is to widen the existing 4-lane roadway to a 6-lane section and reconfigure the interchange at New Century Parkway. KDOT’s US-56 Corridor Management Plan shows minor changes to the interchange that would eliminate the existing signalized intersection at Old US-56. But the larger question is whether this massive interchange is really needed at all. An at-grade intersection could likely adequately serve traffic, result in a more gentle grade west of New Century Parkway, open up land for development, lower a vertical element in the vicinity of the airport flight path, dramatically reduce maintenance costs (eliminating a bridge and a great deal of pavement), improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, potentially better connect the city (by allowing, for example, a connection to Lincoln Lane that could help relieve the Main Street / Moonlight Road intersection), and lower vehicular speeds. A detailed study would be needed to support such a change, but the potential benefits could justify further investigation.
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.
11. Project schedule: Interchange improvements could occur in 5 to 10 years. Widening of US-56 will occur as needed to address increased traffic.

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