Wichita, KAN. -- Putting in better drainage for Meridian Street has been talked about for decades in Valley Center. Now it is going to happen.
City Administrator Joe Pile said work will begin in the fall on putting in storm drains for Meridian and digging a 60 acre retention pond off Ford Street for all the water runoff.
Then Meridian will get new paving with the entire project completed by late summer of 2015. Pile said during construction two lanes of Meridian will be open. And while access to Meridian businesses may be bumpy, it will be worth it. "We consider it a growing pain and we've tried to explain to our businesses", said Pile. "We think on the other side they're going to get a much improved street and drainage, sidewalk and access."
Seventy year old Bill Arick owns a body shop and strip mall on Meridian. He said the project will be good for everyone in the long run. "In the long run it will be very beneficial," said Arick. "They say we will not be without entrance and we can't be."
The Meridian project will run from Main Street to the railroad tracks with improvements to Ford or 77th Street North. $5.4 million dollars and some in Valley Center say it will be worth every penny.