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Drivers won't see east Kellogg expansion anytime soon


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Wichita, Kan-- Utilities are moved, businesses are shut down, and demolition is nearly complete, but the east Kellogg expansion project hasn't started.

"It's a bottleneck already so it's really hard. My kids live in Andover, for me it's bumper to bumper," said Wichita driver Martha Kusick.

The four lane expressway from west Wichita through downtown, suddenly ends at Webb road. Construction was supposed to begin in February, but Wichita city leaders say the only construction bid that came in, was $25 million over the projected costs.

City engineer Gary Janzen tells KAKE News the project is very complicated, partially because of the turnpike entrance near Webb Road. Now, he says, the city is working closely with KDOT and the turnpike to redesign the project. There is a possibility of moving the turnpike interchange to meet Kellogg and K-96 near 143rd street east.
Jazen says that could end up saving money.
If all sides agree to a redesign is could be more than a year before construction begins.

A decision is expected in mid-August.


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