Summary of Gardner Road & I-35 Interchange Improvements


Contact Information

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

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Gardner Road & I-35 Interchange Improvements
G8.2 Project description: The project will design a replacement bridge and approach pavement to tie into the ramp improvements currently being designed. It will also include other interchange improvements that do not end up being included in the current project. The bridge will be designed to carry pedestrian, bicycle, and bus traffic across I-35 which is significant because Nike Elementary school and the school bus storage lot are located south of I-35. It also will provide improved access for freight movement to the intermodal facility and to the interstate.
G8.3 Project contact: Tim McEldowney, City Engineer 913-856-0959,
G1. Project Type: Road & Bridge - Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number: 343106
G4. State: Kansas
G5. Project county: 1. Johnson
G6. Project municipality: 1. Gardner
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G8.4 Purpose and need: The project currently being designed will identify the overall future layout of the interchange but does not provide funding for bridge replacement. The existing bridge is only 24 ft wide with no shoulders or sidewalks. Once the ramp improvements are completed, the bridge will be the choke point for traffic flow. This project is needed to complete improvements at the interchange that will address current and future congestion issues.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
Gardner Road
SB I-35 ramps
NB I-35 ramps
G10. Functional Classification: Minor Arterial
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? Yes   Decade:   2010
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
The I-35 and Gardner Road Interchange project (#343106) is listed at a Tier 1 Critical Rural Freight Corridor in the Kansas Department of Transportations Statewide Freight Plan.
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The project is included in the CIP and the Transportation Master Plan. It was also identified in the Citys Comprehensive Plan as a priority for improvement.
G14. Planning stage: Preliminary Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? Yes
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: Not started
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
The I-35 and Gardner Road Interchange project (#343106) is listed at a Tier 1 Critical Rural Freight Corridor in the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Statewide Freight Plan
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: There are 141 households in Gardner with NO motor vehicle and the highest percentage of veterans living in Johnson County, reside in Gardner. These vulnerable populations require safe and accessible routes to schools, grocery stores, public transportation and other services. Access to businesses, thru the addition of sidewalks where there currently are none, will positively affect all of the disadvantaged populations. This project will address identified safety concerns, establish safe access to businesses, enhance connections to parks & trails, and serve areas of high density development.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: The City held four meetings with stakeholders regarding future development of the area around the I-35 and Gardner Road interchange. The meetings were aimed primarily at land use activity, which included a SWOT analysis for the area. Potential improvements to the interchange were also presented for discussion with generally favorable responses. In addition, a Citizens’ Capital Improvement Project workshop was held to provide residents with an overview of the budget process and proposed CIP projects. The 2010 Transportation Master Plan also included a public involvement process.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: As part of the current project, the design team has met individually with key stakeholders to gather input on conceptual alternates for interchange improvements. An open-house public meeting is scheduled for April 2018 to gather additional information from all citizens and the City Council before proceeding with final design.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ----Active Transportation/Living----------- Complete Street Design--------------- ----Green Infrastructure-------Integrated Trail System--- ---------------- ---------------- ----Tree PreservationUnique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: This project will help connect people to places by creating a corridor that provides transportation choices, accommodates walking, biking and public transportation as well as the automobile. These corridors attract development and help connect residents to jobs and services. This will be accomplished by adding pedestrian and bicycle facilities across I-35. This will also increase access to recreation opportunities by connecting to an existing trail north of the interchange. The City Parks & Rec Dept will be engaged to provide aesthetic and easy to maintain plantings that will enhance people’s connection to nature in a variety of settings.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
The project will extend the existing trail from the north to the south side of I-35, encouraging healthy lifestyles by improving access. The area around Waverly Road and 191st Street and the inter-modal facility continues to see significant development. Improvements at this interchange will directly serve employees commuting to jobs.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Less-Intense and Less-Walkable Centers The area around Waverly Road and 191st Street and the inter-modal facility continues to see significant development. The bridge 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. Gardner will continue to have new development that will significantly increase traffic through this interchange. The bridge will accommodate the large amount of freight trucks coming through Gardner on their way to the intermodal facility in Edgerton.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? No
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
During the am peak traffic backs up onto southbound I-35. During the pm peak traffic often backs up 1/2 mile on 191st Street attempting to access I-35. The project will significantly reduce delays by eliminating the bottleneck at the existing bridge. By improving traffic flow, it decreases idle times. Providing walkability and biking options will reduce per capita vehicle miles traveled and improve air quality.
G27. Natural Resource information: BMPs for erosion control will be implemented during construction to prevent sediment from being carried offsite. This interchange serves as a gateway to Gardner, which presents an opportunity to add aesthetic components including native plantings to conserve water and help reduce runoff.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: Site development plans will incorporate, rather than replace the natural landscape, especially trees, when possible. Practices like soil conservation, tree planting and native landscaping will be utilized.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: Gardners Comprehensive Plan identified this corridor as a priority for improvements. In addition, the City participated in the Southwest Johnson County Area Transit Planning process. The plan identified the intersections at I-35 and Gardner Road and at 191st and Gardner Road as important pieces to development of the entire area.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
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Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 13120  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 3280  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: Federal vehicle fuel tax.
Explain: The amount above is for construction only. The City will also be responsible for utility relocation, r/w acquisition, engineering design, and construction engineering.
Scope Change: The current project will determine the overall future interchange configuration. The bridge could be a stand-alone project and the improvements on the south side of the interchange could be a stand-alone project. Other specific aspects of the remaining improvements (e.g. signals and turn lanes) may be able to be constructed in phases as needed to improve operations in the interim.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 98  %
Transit:   %
Bike: 1  %
Pedestrian: 1  %
Other:   %

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