Friday, October 07, 2011
Traffic in south Wichita will be flowing freely after a two-year construction project.
City leaders joined Kansas transportation officials in a ceremony marking the end of the I-135 and 47th St. South construction. The reconstructed intersection improved access from 47th and Broadway streets, as well as utility upgrades.
“This project will make a big difference for those who know all too well the headaches that existed here for decades because of bottlenecks,” said Deb Miller, Secretary of Transportation. “The access issues that have been addressed will make the area more customer-friendly for the businesses operating here today and for those businesses that will be attracted to this part of Wichita in the future.”
Carl Brewer, Wichita mayor, said the project will also improve economic development in the area.
“The improvements will solve a lot of old problems and create a lot of new opportunities,” Brewer said. “Our entire city and surrounding region will benefit from the improvements.”
Dondlinger & Sons Construction of Wichita was the lead contractor for the $16.1 million construction improvements. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded the project.