Saturday, October 12, 2013
The Kansas Department of Transportation will begin installing additional traffic cameras and message signs on East Kellogg beginning Monday, which means possible traffic delays for the next several weeks.
The project begins is scheduled to last about six weeks, with left lane closures in both eastbound and westbound lanes of Kellogg between Woodlawn and Rock Road.
KDOT officials said that with more than 50,000 vehicles using that section of Kellogg every day, lane closures are “likely to contribute to congestion, especially during commute times in the morning and late afternoon.”
Two message signs will be installed, KDOT said, one for each direction of freeway traffic. Messages are posted on the signs to alert drivers of relevant travel information, especially situations caused by accidents, highway maintenance activities and traffic congestion. Two new East Kellogg traffic cameras will also be installed on each side of Rock Road.
Additional ITS cameras will also be installed on West Kellogg between Maize and Ridge roads and on I-135, south of Harry Street.
Atlas Electric of Wichita is the primary contractor for the $677,712 project. The work will continue through the winter months as weather allows and will be completed in the spring.
The project is Phase 2B of KDOT’s Intelligent Transportation System deployment on highways in the Wichita metropolitan area. Currently, 35 cameras, 45 traffic sensors and 21 message signs are used to monitor the major highways in Wichita. A Traffic Management Center is staffed Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Camera views, traffic speeds, incident reports and construction notifications are available at www.WICHway.org .