A meeting set for this evening will help focus on the first phase of the I-235/Kellogg Interchange Reconstruction Project. The meeting runs from 5-7 pm at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita.
The public meeting will have an open-house format with displays and maps showing the features of the project. Highway and bridge engineers will be available to answer questions, but there will be no formal presentation.
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"It makes you a little nervous going into it I think, knowing that you've got to slow down and get into a lane that other people are trying to speed up and merge into," the Kansas Department of Transportation's Tom Hein says.
That's what motorists traversing Wichita's second busiest interchange have been dealing with for half a century. But change is on the way.
The Kansas Department of Transportation will host a public meeting and share details of the first phase of the I-235/U.S. 54 (Kellogg) interchange reconstruction project.
The meeting will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st Street and Ridge Road on October 30 from 5 until 7 p.m.
In 2011, a public meeting was held to release the conceptual design of the entire interchange's reconstruction - a multi-phase, long-term project.
The October 30 meeting will focus on the first phase, planned to begin in 2015.
The initial project includes:
- An elevated one-lane flyover ramp connecting northbound I-235 to westbound U.S. 54/400 (W. Kellogg)
- A two-lane flyover ramp from southbound I-235 to eastbound Kellogg
- The removal of the loop ramps in the southwest and northeast quadrants
- The reconstruction of the loop ramp in the southeast quadrant (eastbound Kellogg to northbound I-235)
- A reconfiguration of the eastbound Kellogg ramp to West Street that will also accommodate the two ramps that access eastbound Kellogg from I-235
- The addition of auxiliary lanes on southbound and northbound I-235 between Kellogg and Central
The public meeting will have an open house format with displays and maps showing features of the project.
Highway and bridge engineers will be available to answer questions on the design and construction sequencing.
Wichita police say there were 27 accidents at the interchange last year.