Bridge work will close lanes of Kellogg in downtown Wichita in Sept.

07/29/2013 2:49 PM

07/30/2013 7:02 AM

A maintenance project on the Kellogg bridge that spans the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita will begin in mid-September, the Kansas Department of Transportation said Monday.

The project is scheduled to last about six months and includes lane closures, although details about the closures aren’t known yet.

The state highway department also will begin repairs on 28 bridges on the east side of K-96 in Sedgwick County at about the same time.

The department has approved bids for projects that were let July 17 in Topeka. The winning bid for the work on the Kellogg bridge was submitted by PCIRoads LLC, of Saint Michael, Minn., for $986,877.70. The winning bid for the bridge repairs on K-96 came from the Truesdell Corp., of Tempe, Ariz., for $1,171,171.

KDOT crews will work on the suspension system inside the Kellogg bridge, which has access points underneath the bridge, said Tom Hein, public relations manager for the Wichita Metro KDOT office. The shoulders and outside lanes on both sides will be closed during the project. It is unknown when the closures will start or how long they will last, Hein said.

Routine maintenance will be performed on the K-96 bridges, with the most extensive work on the bridge at 21st Street, where crews will remove a bump on the south-bound approach, Hein said.

Further details will be known when the contracts for the projects have been signed, which could take two to four weeks, Hein said.

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