Some readers have wondered why, with a new name and $200 million new airport terminal and parking, there aren’t already road signs to match.
The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport opened in June, and there are still some of the old Wichita Mid-Continent Airport signs around the city.
“Well, I’m sorry about that, but it takes time,” says Tom Hein, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
“It’s just not as easy as … the public might think, I guess,” he says. “We can’t snap our fingers and make it happen.”
Most of the smaller signs immediately around the airport have been changed.
Those were relatively simple.
The large ones over Kellogg at Dugan and Tyler? Not so much.
“It’s a major operation, almost,” Hein says.
A couple of those were replaced overnight last week. The project started at 8 p.m. and didn’t finish until 6 am.
“When you’re shutting down two lanes of Kellogg … you pretty much gotta do that at night,” Hein says.
A KDOT maintenance crew has put up seven new signs.
A contractor put up a couple of more.
“That’s nine that are up,” Hein says.
He’s not sure of the exact number left to go, but there are at least two on K-96 and two on Interstate 235.
“Those are both in the contractor’s hands,” Hein says.
The contract is part of a larger sign job, and the contractor has through March to replace the Mid-Continent signs.
Hein says those concerned about the new signs should be forewarned.
“They may not be up till winter.”