Stimulus Helps Wichita In Several Ways

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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The City of Wichita is figuring out what projects it'll spend its share of the national stimulus money on.

There will be plenty of road work ahead in Wichita thanks to the national stimulus plan.

On Tuesday morning, staff showed the city council the final list of projects it wants to get started.

Eight million dollars will go to fix traffic flow along the heavily congested West Street between Maple and Central.

There's another $7.5 million for construction along Meridian between 31st and 47th Street South.

Construction cones could also pop up at 37th Street North between Maize and Tyler.

Three of seven projects on the list were chosen by the city because they can be shovel-ready in three months, which is one of the requirements of the bill.

"I think we're going to see several million dollars of infrastructure dollars out of it, yes, but I think there are some other areas that are going to get some benefit out of it as well," said Public Works Director Chris Carrier.

It's not all about roads. In fact, they could be only a small part of the millions of dollars Wichita will get to spend on a vast number of projects.

For example, $1 million will likely go to fix up condemned crumbling sidewalks across the city. Another $500,000 for the Zebra Mussel Control Project to make sure our water supply is safe out at Cheney Lake. And passengers flying out of Mid-Continent could have it much easier. The airport director is talking with the FAA to see if stimulus money could go towards building the new terminal.

And the city is hoping to find numerous other ways to get a big impact out of this plan.

"I mean, considering the timeframe and if the stimulus sticks around it could be an impact that people could see for two to three years," said Wichita Assistant City Manager Scott Moore.

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