Good Question - Is The City Doing More Road Construction?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some Wichita drivers think there are more cone zones in the city than ever before. Is the city doing more road construction than normal? Good question.

The dreaded cone zone. On some days, it can seem like the orange barriers are everywhere. Several viewers wanted to know if there is a reason for so many simultaneous road projects.

There is no question that there are some major projects in the works right now. To list a few locations: 47th Street South and I-235, 31st Street and Meridian Avenue, 21st Street North and Waco Avenue, Harry Street and Greenwich Road, and I-35 and Kellogg Interchange.

These are a few of the big projects underway. To drivers who use these roads daily, it may seem overwhelming. But Chris Carrier, Wichita's Director of Public Works, tells me that the city isn't doing more street work than normal.

However, some of the major projects underway, like 4th Street South and I-235 and Kellogg and I-35, are state projects that happen to be within the city limits.

Also, some of the projects are using money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Those projects have to meet deadlines set by the act in order to receive the funds. So the city isn't doing more road construction, but due to other major state projects on Wichita roads, it seems like more and more cones are invading area streets.

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