Construction coming to 45th and Hillside

A busy northeast Wichita intersection will soon be shut down for six months.

The Wichita City Council will finalize plans today (Tuesday, 2.27.18) for construction at 45th and Hillside.

It's a busy intersection that only has stop signs to direct traffic flow. It's a direct route to Heights High School, which is located near 53rd and Hillside.

Wichita's engineering department says traffic signals will be added at the intersection of 45th and Hillside, along with left and right turning lanes in all directions.

The road will also be raised two and a half feet for safety reasons.

City Engineer Gary Janzen says work will begin May 17, the day after Wichita schools get out for summer break.

Detours include taking the Hydraulic exit from I-135 and taking 37th or 53rd to go north or south of the construction.

Engineers say traffic coming off of 254 and going east on 45th then south on Hillside will be open within about three months instead of the full six.

That will help with people headed to work at Koch Industries. But, traffic heading to Heights High School will be detoured until at least mid-November.

The project will cost around $2.6 million and is paid for through federal funding.

Electronic signs will go up soon to notify drivers of the closures.