Project to help expand development at BNSF Kansas City

Project to help expand development at BNSF Kansas City

A road improvement project will help make the industrial development around BNSF’s relatively new intermodal rail terminal in the Kansas City area more attractive when work is completed in 2016.

Improvements to nearly three miles of Waverly Road will create a corridor for heavy-haul loads heading to and from the Edgerton, Kansas, intermodal terminal and adjacent industrial park. The creation of a new connection between U.S. 56 and 199th St. will help spur development of roughly 3.4 million square feet of potential industrial space. There is another 11 million square feet of warehouse space being developed by NorthPoint Development, according to the city of Edgerton.

“Customers who are utilizing our intermodal services will now have a second option of direct rail-served sites and additional property that will be available for their warehouse and distribution needs,” BNSF Director of Economic Development Darrell Coffey said in a statement.

BNSF Railway will build an industrial lead track to serve the property. The Waverly Road project also includes the construction of grade separation, allowing trucks to access the complex without having to wait for trains to pass.

The BNSF Logistics Park Kansas City — anchored by a 433-acre intermodal terminal — opened in late 2013. The NorthPoint portion of the logistics park reportedly recently secured an undisclosed shipper tenant and announced plans to build about 1.4 million square feet of speculative space. The DeLong Co., a grain exporter, and Demdaco, a home décor and gift retailer, have already set up shop in the logistics parks, which allow shippers to cut their drayage costs because of their proximity to the intermodal terminal.