A consortium of city and rail interests has been given the go- ahead to begin preliminary engineering for a transload shipping center at Great Bend.
The Kansas Department of Transportation, which will contribute $3 million for the $6.8 million project, gave approval for preliminary engineering after reviewing the business plan and financial model proposed by the Great Bend group. The consultant HDR will do the preliminary engineering. The entities that joined together to craft the development plans include the city of Great Bend, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (K&O), and Kansas Transload Services.
“I’m extremely pleased how this group developed its proposal from concept to now beginning the preliminary engineering process and I’m anxious to get construction started later this year,” said Mike King, Kansas Transportation Secretary and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. “This facility will have great business benefits for farmers and manufacturers, allow for reduced transportation costs and provide economic development opportunities for Great Bend and the region.”
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