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Intermodal near Edgerton denied $50M federal stimulus grant

February 17, 2010

A $250 million project to build a new intermodal center near Edgerton won’t be getting $50 million from a federal grant program.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s application for $50 million in financing from the federal TIGER program, formally known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, missed out on some of the $1.5 billion available through the federal stimulus program.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in the Kansas City area this Wednesday morning to announce winners in the competition for the discretionary grants.

The intermodal project — to occupy 443 acres with buildings and equipment to transfer goods from trains to trucks — failed to make the list. The intermodal also is to have a 560-acre industrial logistics park, developed by The Allen Group, based in San Diego.

In all, the combined project would be expected to cost $750 million. Officials have said that TIGER financing would allow construction to start this year.

Also denied for TIGER grants were three other KDOT applications, including one that would have provided $79.8 million to build a four-lane Kansas Highway 18 between Manhattan and Ogden.

The only area project making the list of approved TIGER grants: $50 million for the Kansas City Transit Corridors & Green Impact Zone Project, in both Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

The entire project, expected to cost $62.43 million, would include investments in what are described as major transit corridors on the Kansas side of the state line, including along State Avenue and Metcalf Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway. Slated on the Missouri side: replacing the Troost Avenue bridge over Brush Creek in what is described as the “Green Impact Zone,” a 150-block area in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo.

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