Construction to begin at West Kellogg and 111th Street

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Construction is expected to begin in two weeks for pavement improvements on West Kellogg, between 111th and 119th streets.

The plan is to accommodate U-turns by adding more left-turn lanes at 119th Street, and eventually, to remove the traffic signal at 111th Street West.

"If you come over the hill westbound, coming to 111th, you can see a lot of skid marks on the pavement. That's because it's unexpected," said Gary Janzen, engineer for the City of Wichita.

Since the traffic light was installed in 2005, there have been more than 83 accidents reported at Kellogg and 111th Street. 

"We want to make sure we're not just moving accidents from 111th to 119th, which we don't think we will," said Janzen.

During the construction period, businesses near 111th Street will still have access to the traffic signal. Once construction is complete in June, the signal at 111th Street will be covered for a six month trial period to monitor traffic patterns.

"You just hope and pray that people will drive extra mile turn around and come back," said Cathy Brady, owner of Brady Nursery.

Once construction is complete, businesses near 111th Street will be accessed from frontage roads through the Maize Road and 119th Street intersections.

The project is expected to cost nearly one million dollars and to be paid for through the city's Capital Improvement Plan.

A public information meeting for the project will be held at Family Church, 11135 W. Kellogg, on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m.

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