New traffic lights will be installed in Northeast Wichita

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

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WICHITA, Kan.-- The City of Wichita will replace stop signs with traffic signals at two intersections in Northeast Wichita.

The intersections of K-96 and Oliver and K-96 and Hillside will have traffic lights installed later this year.

"Part of the concern is traffic backing up onto K-96, the main line. We want to make sure that doesn't happen. We think signals will help with that," said Paul Gunzelman, engineer.

Increased traffic and growth have prompted city engineers to make changes to those intersections.

"With the growth along the K-96 corridor, in recent years, we've signalized Rock Road, Woodlawn. Traffic has increased on Hillside and Oliver enough on the ramps to warrant signalization," said Gunzelman.

QuikTrip confirmed that a Gen-3 store will be built near 34th and Oliver. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

Plans for the traffic signals will be finalized in the next two weeks and then the project will go out for bids.

The project will cost approximately $400,000 and will be paid for by the City of Wichita general obligations fund.

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