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The city of Wichita is buying property and moving utility lines along East Kellogg, to get ready for work to begin on the next segment of the Kellogg Freeway project. Construction is scheduled to begin next year to construct a new interchange at Kellogg and Webb Road, and that will be the first phase of the project to extend the 6-lane Kellogg Freeway from Cypress to 159th Street East.
City engineer Gary Janzen said the utility and right-of-way costs have been higher than expected. He got approval from the city council this week to move $14 million in savings from another city project into the budget for the preliminary work. The budget now totals $49.5 million, including costs for a new interchange at Kellogg and Greenwich Road. Janzen wants to get the right-of-way purchases, needed demolition work, and utility relocations completed this year, so construction can begin in 2014.
The Kansas Department of Transportation has committed $90 million in funds to the Kellogg project, under the T-WORKS highway program.