WICHITA, Kan - Wichita mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that four major street projects are getting closer to completion.
One of the projects is adding turn lanes and traffic signals to the intersection of 45th Street North and Hillside. Another project is expanding Oliver to five lanes between 17th and 19th Streets North, with improvements at the 17th and Oliver intersection. This is the final project to improve vehicle and pedestrian traffic to go along with the Innovation Campus project at Wichita State University.
The mayor said 127th Street East, between 13th and 21st Streets North, is being widened to three lanes with bike lanes, sidewalks and drainage improvements.
Longwell said work is coming along nicely on 9th Street, between I-135 and Hillside. It will provide for a three-lane roadway as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Projects that are scheduled to begin next year include improvements for West Street between Kellogg and Harry, Greenwich from Harry to Pawnee, and improvements for the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Hillside.
City engineer Gary Janzen said work is moving along on the East Kellogg freeway project, and the segment to Webb Road is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The next section to Greenwich Road and K-96 will be done in late 2021. Janzen said there have been discussions about some changes in the project to get the work done sooner.