Pair of road closures in downtown Wichita

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A pair of road closures in downtown Wichita will affect traffic until Friday.

One road closure is on Second Street, near Old Town, and the other is on McLean Boulevard, near Delano.

"There's a lot going on in Wichita, lot of great things happening in Wichita, so there's been a desire to really revitalize the Old Town and downtown areas. There's a lot of work to do in order to bring that investment and bring everyone back to the community downtown," said Steve Degenhardt, construction manager for the City of Wichita.

Second Street, from Mead to Santa Fe, in front of Old Town Square, will be closed to traffic to install storm sewer drains and to reconstruct that area. This road closure west of Washington began on Monday and will last for the next five days.

"Old Town is certainly a core area, so there's a lot of both active and abandoned facilities. Our contractor has to take things really slow to be safe, while they're digging under the pavement overall in this project. We hope to be done probably late summer," said Degenhardt.

The other closure is in the northbound lanes of McLean Boulevard, between Maple and Douglas. This is for exploratory work related to the construction of the new baseball stadium.

Additionally, McLean Boulevard, west of Seneca, remains closed. Engineers hope to have lanes open by Memorial Day.

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