May 23, 2011
One of Wichita's busiest traffic areas is going under construction. The construction is set to begin on Kellogg, and the Kansas Department of Transportation says drivers need to be ready.
The construction will begin Monday, taking place on the bridge over Washington Street. It will reach from Broadway to east of Washington. The three lanes of traffic will cut down to two narrow ones in order to accommodate the project.
Wichita drivers say they already know what to expect with construction on Kellogg.
"[I] hate it, hate it, hate it," said Wichita driver Laura Kellogg.
"I wish it wouldn't go on, I don't like driving through all that. [It's] too much for me," said Vincent Coleman.
But like it or not, more construction on Kellogg is just a few days away.
"Construction on Kellogg, [is a] fact of life," said Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Hein.
And this project is going to be a major one. It will entail repairing the bridge in the eastbound lanes over Washington.
"As soon as you start constructing a bridge it starts to deteriorate, and this one we've put off a few years," said Hein.
KDoT estimates around 51,000 vehicles pass over the area everyday.
"That is just about the highest [volume] area that we have," said Hein.
So, the department says drivers should expect delays, with three lanes cut down to two narrow ones, and the speed limit lowered to 45 mph.
"I think people are going to find that they may want to consider a different route," said Hein.
They may also want to consider taking that detour for awhile, with construction not set to wrap up until October. But KDoT says the work is necessary to keep the roadway safe and in good shape.
"We gripe not only when the roads are in bad shape but then we tend to be inconvenienced during the construction part that fixes [it]. So it's tough to be happy, but we hope that people are when the project's over," said Hein.
It's a reality some Wichita drivers say they accept, they just don't necessarily like.
"I'm sure it's probably worse in bigger cities. But here we're just not used to it, so it's really frustrating for us," said Kellogg.
KDoT says crews will be working through the day and overnight hours in order to complete the project.