Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Road work along East Kellogg will be completed today but more road construction is expected near the area.
"It's going to be a nightmare. I'm going to definitely stay away from this bit of road," said Keith Goodman, Wichita driver. "It's been bad enough these last two weeks."
Workers have been laying asphalt overlay on Kellogg, between Webb and Greenwich. The maintenance project cost $475,000.
City staff said this is in preparation for further construction west of this area. They anticipate increased traffic when construction begins for the Kellogg-KTA-Webb project.
"The existing main line is deteriorating. If we don't do something now, you can run into major issues with having to try to fix it during construction," said Shawn Mellies, special projects engineer.
The East Kellogg Interchange project is expected to take four to five years and cost about $150 million dollars with funds from city, state, and federal governments.
The plan is to widen Kellogg to six lanes, re-route turnpike ramps, and create frontage roads north and south of Kellogg.
"As the city grows out, you have to expand Kellogg, otherwise you have the issues you have there now," said Mellies.
The multiphase project will begin next year with moving utilities. Mellies expects construction to have some effects on the traveling public in late 2014 or early 2015.
For more information on the Webb project, click here.
For more information on the Greenwich project, click here.