Citizens Request Alternative To Turnpike Project On East Kellogg

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Wichita City Council took no action after citizens voiced their concern on proposed plans to the East Kellogg project.

The project includes the construction of a freeway from Eastern St. to half a mile east of Webb Road, and a combined interchange for Webb and the Kansas Turnpike Authority's toll plaza. It includes overpasses, bridges, and the Frontage Road extension.

John Bell of Joe Self Chevrolet asked the council to consider a design alternative for the interchange. The proposal would relocate turnpike ramps to Webb Road, or via a Frontage Road.

"It is a seriously flawed design. It is a design that adds at least $10 million unnecessary dollars to create a traffic and maintenance nightmare," said Bell.

Former council member, Greg Ferris, believes the current plan also "sacrifices ease at Kellogg and Webb to accommodate the KTA interchange."

City engineers said the proposed changes would cause a two year delay, and add an estimated $8 million to the cost of the project.

"The design we've got is going to serve everyone the best. The two designs that are being considered, one, puts a lot of stress on Webb Road. In particular, it's going to cost additional delay," said Gary Janzen, city engineer.

Construction is set to begin in 2014.


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