County commissioner to hold meeting on southeast construction

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) Road construction continues across Sedgwick County with several projects in the southeast.

District 5 Commissioner Jim Howell will hold an informational meeting Wednesday night (5:30 p.m.) at the Christa McAuliffe Academy (2055 S. 143rd St. East) to explain these projects and give you a chance to ask questions.

The county is currently making improvements to the intersection at 143rd Street East and Harry. This project includes a northbound turn lane on 143rd St. at Harry to accommodate an increase of traffic in the area.

"There's so much frustration trying to navigate around that community. There's several square miles around there that if you're trying to navigate to the grocery store or to your home or work, it is actually kind of difficult to navigate some of those roads because there are so many different projects going on," Howell said.

He says the county spent millions replacing bridges, and rerouting drivers an extra mile or two. He says people who live in this area are frustrated with so many projects that seem to change often. That's why he's hosting a meeting to explain the purpose of each project.

"We'll be able to talk about what we've already done. Some things that are happening this year and this summer, and then some things that will be happening the next couple years," Howell said. "There's some people who don't have any idea what's the plan going forward over the next couple years. I can show them."

The project began on June 3, 2019 and should be completed by the end of the month.