Major Wichita highways shut for construction

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

All weekend long, I-235 between Central and K-42, and Kellogg between Dugan and West Street, was shut down for construction of the newest addition to the Kellogg/I-235 interchange. 

Construction crews spent the weekend hours putting up 12 steel beams weighing in at  65,000 pounds each. Kellogg and I-235 had to be closed during the installation. Detours have caused traffic jams and extended commute times. 

A Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman says that the construction should be completed in the overnight hours of Sunday or early Monday morning and the road barricades blocking Kellogg and I-235 should come down around 5:00 a.m. so the road can reopen.

For area residents, the closure was an inconvenience but many see it as overall progress. 

"I think its great, it will be nice when its all done," said Pete McIver of Cheney. 

"I'm all for it to get it done," said Darrell Ludlow of Wichita. 

The installation of the 12 beams will allow construction crews to continue work on connecting southbound I-235 to the eastbound lanes of Kellogg. 

The overall project is expected to be completed in 2019. 

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