K-96 in the process of getting massive overhaul
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - "I think the nice east is okay, but that the interchange is a little dicey."
Drivers like Courtney Schnell say highways in Wichita are known to have problems, and always seem to be under construction, but a new project coming to K-96 aims to be proactive instead of reactive.
"We're in the early design phases of redoing K-96 for my 135, down to central," said Tom Hein.
Hein, who is with the Kansas Department of Transportation, says after a study last year, engineers determined the highway needs a massive overhaul.
"We realized that, hey, it has 50,000 vehicles per day on it now, what will that be like in 25 years, and the projection is 100,000 vehicles. So we're doubling that amount of traffic that's going to be out here."
Hein says even though the project is in a very early stage, the next step is one of the most important.
"We will be expanding K-96 from four lanes to six lanes, we'll be improving seven interchanges, including replacing three completely, like Woodlawn here behind me. so we need the public to come out and assess those early design plans and help us design that final design."
That public meeting will be on February 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 at WSU Tech. Schnell says anyone who lives nearby like her should go too.
"I think it's important to be transparent with the community and make sure that we understand like all the information and how it relates to the city and if you know how it's going to impact us," Schnell.