WICHITA, Kan. The City of Wichita Monday announced the timetable for a traffic closure needed for work to prepare for the city's new Triple-A baseball stadium, set to open in April 2020.
Starting next Monday, (July 15) the city will close McLean Boulevard to traffic between Maple and Douglas Streets. This stretch of McLean will remain closed until next April. The city says the street closure will allow for street and infrastructure improvements needed for the stadium.
The city says during the closure, detours will take McLean traffic east utilizing Douglas, Main, Market and Lewis/Waterman streets. The city says there will be signs for designated detours for both north and southbound traffic.
“We realize there may be more alternative routes for some residents, but by sending motorists to the east, we can establish one detour route than we anticipate will remain viable throughout the whole construction process,” said Assistant City Engineer Paul Gunzelman.
The city also says electronic message signs along McLean will provide detour assistance.
Business owners, like Hatman Jack, say changes have been happening quickly. He's excited to see what the area looks like when all of the construction is done. He says it will bring more people to stores like his.
"I expect a lot more people in Delano, which is a great thing for any business," said Hatman Jack.
Some worry closing McLean will cause some issues and create more traffic on Sycamore street, where there are pedestrians and cyclists.
Hatman Jack says while the detour might cause some changes for people, he hopes it worth it.
"Sacrifice has to be made for progress and if it's a 10 month closure, as promised, I don't think that's too much to ask, as long as it does open back up, as promised for through traffic."