When you leave for work this morning, be prepared:
Orange traffic cones will be multiplying rapidly.
Multiple street improvement projects – most in west Wichita – will begin soon, some as early as today. And, at least three of the four major projects are expected to affect the flow of traffic until autumn, according to Gary Janzen of the Wichita department of public works and utilities, in a news release issued by the city of Wichita.
Most of the projects will add turn lanes and widen streets.
The projects include:
13th and Ridge Road – High traffic volumes are expected when the bridge over the Big Ditch is completed in two years, which has necessitated this project, Janzen said in the press release. The project includes dual left-turn lanes installed on southbound Ridge Road; new signal lights; and a dedicated right-turn lane that will be constructed on westbound 13th Street. The project is expected to be completed in October.
Tyler Road – Beginning Monday, a portion of Tyler Road from a half-mile north of 21st Street to a half-mile south of 29th Street will be closed for four weeks. Traffic will be detoured during this time to Ridge Road. The project includes constructing left turn lanes at each of the intersections along the route.
21st and Maize Road – This project starts March 26 and will add dual left-turn lanes to all four approaches at the 21st and Maize intersection. It will also create a raised median on Maize Road to improve traffic turning into the area’s retail locations. Construction is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.
135th Street West, from 13th to 21st – This project is scheduled to start in mid-April and includes widening 135th Street West from 13th to 21st Street. It also includes adding signals at the intersection of 21st and 135th streets. Traffic will be restricted to one lane southbound during the construction, allowing emergency vehicles from Fire Station No. 21 to access that mile. Two-way traffic will be restored in December and landscaping completed next spring.