Storm Drainage Project Affecting Local Business Owners

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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City crews have begun working on a project to help fix potential flooding problems in Old Town and downtown Wichita.

Local business owners have expressed concerns about the impact the work will have on their businesses.

Hank Coin, president of Murdock Companies, said that his loading dock backs up to Wabash Street, a street affected by the city's storm drainage project.

Coin said he understands that something needs to be done about the drainage problem, but has concerns about how his freight will be delivered if Wabash is shut down for a long period of time.

Project managers held a meeting Monday night to answer questions and outline their construction schedule.

They said, weather permitting, phase two of the project will start May 12th and construction will continue west on Douglas to Wabash. Wabash will be closed to thru traffic to 3rd Street. Throughout the summer, traffic on 1st and 2nd Streets will be limited to one lane.

Project managers also said they plan to do all they can to work with residents and business owners to make things as painless as possible.

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