Back-To-School Construction Cones May Cause Chaos

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back-to-school traffic will be taking over Wichita streets, and so will road construction crews.

The drive to school will be cumbersome for students, teachers and parents at some schools, like Northwest High near 13th and Tyler.

"We had to take a different route just to get back to the school. It gets annoying after a while. We're wondering why they're even doing it in the first place," said Shaquille Cook, Northwest High senior.

At a time when hundreds of additional vehicles will be on a now two-lane street, it could be stressful for everyone trying to get in and out of one area at the same time.

"It's a really big hassle, because it's taking up a ton of the intersection, so you barely have anywhere to drive," said Kaci Copeland, Northwest High junior.

"There was always a big line waiting, and now there's only one lane, so it's going to be even worse," said Megan Putman, Northwest High junior.

"It's right by my neighborhood, and instead of coming down that way, I'm going to have to go down all the way to Central, and circle back around to get to school," said Kelsie Wegleitner, Northwest High junior.

On the east side of Wichita, students and teachers returning to Kapaun Mt. Carmel are also dealing with road construction. They're only allowed to make right-hand turns in and out of school property.

"They're putting in a center turn lane extending from west of our campus to east of the campus," said Mike Burrus, Kapaun Mt. Carmel President.

The road construction is slowing the 16,000 cars a day that drive Central and Rock to Webb down to two lanes. It also makes it nearly impossible for students to cross the street.

"For now, we're discouraging our students from parking anywhere south of campus. They need to either find out a way to get a ride to school if they don't have a parking spot," said Burrus.

Hopefully soon, the orange cones on both sides of Wichita will be replaced by painted lines, and will make the trip to school much easier for staff and students.

"I like it when you can keep going straight, and you'll be at the school, instead of taking all these right turns and left turns, and all these curves and stuff like that," said Cook.

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