City plans to turn off traffic light at 111th and Kellogg to improve safety

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Cathy Brady’s family has been in the gardening business for over 60 years. Now she feels her local nursery, Brady Nursery and Landscape, could be facing some trouble.

"It's gonna be hard, yeah,” Brady said.

Soon, those visiting businesses, like Brady’s, on 111th and Kellogg will have to take the long way around.

The city plans to turn off the traffic light at the intersection and direct access to and from 111th street will be closed.

"If you're coming from the east side, you'll need to exit off of Kellogg on Maize road. Take the frontage road,” Brady said.

This closure will also affect concertgoers at the Cotillion. After a show, you will have to go west to 119th and take a U-turn to get back to the city.

"We've seen in the past that businesses still seem to do pretty well once people figure out how to get there,” city engineer, Gary Janzen said.

The city said the reason for the closure is to improve safety.

Janzen said from 2005 to 2014, there have been 83 crashes on Kellogg and 111th, versus only 18 accidents at 119th.

"We think that has a lot to do with that signal being there,” Janzen said.

The project will have a six-month trial period before deciding whether or not to make the closure permanent.

"Our hopes is that they would not take the light away. We're hoping the light gets reinstated but who knows what will happen,” Brady said.

The closure will begin Monday, June 18th.