WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Amidon Bridge in northwest Wichita is set to close Monday, Oct. 3. 

The city of Wichita is replacing the decades’ old structure in one 14-month period. The northbound lanes are already shut down. 

“We know the first week or two is going to be a little bit hectic, just learning, remembering that it's completely closed,” Wichita City Council Member Maggie Ballard said. 

The project will reroute 15,000 to 16,000 cars daily, according to Ballard. City leaders are reminding drivers to use the set detours - 21st Street, West Street and 13th Street - and not drive through residential areas near the bridge. 

“The traffic is really hectic now, and we don't mind the traffic so much as they're driving so fast through the neighborhood,” Ron Watson, who lives nearby, said. 

Watson and his wife made signs telling drivers their neighborhood is “Not a Detour” and encouraging cars to drive slowly. He said he’s seen an increase in traffic since the northbound lanes closed earlier this month. 

“This is a quiet neighborhood, and it's no longer a quiet neighborhood, so we're kind of upset about it,” he said. 

The city is also setting up a temporary fire station to serve people who live south of the bridge. Four staff members will work at Station 23 in the Dillons parking lot at 13th and West Street. 

“I'm very excited,” Ballard said. “I worked really hard to get this extra temporary station because, since the project started, I've been concerned about our people south of the river.”

The city held several community meetings throughout 2022 to talk with neighbors and businesses surrounding the bridge about the impact of the project. Ballard, who represents District 6, which includes the Amidon Bridge, said these were paramount in the city's decision. 

“We are in a really unique situation where the bridge makes…or where the river makes things a little bit difficult, so there is no easy answer other than I believe, after all of our community engagement, everyone agreed that it's best to just rip off the band-aid,” she said. 

City leaders said they do not expect any supply chain-related delays during the project. However, weather and river levels could hinder construction. 

“It does need repaired, so we're not opposed to that,” Watson said. “Just, if you're gonna drive through residence here, slow down, give the neighbors a break.”