Big changes are in the works for about 75,000 motorists who pass through the intersection of Webb Road and Kellogg on a given day.
Wichita announced Monday that it will soon eliminate left turns in three of the four directions and reduce the speed limits around that intersection.
The changes will help prevent accidents and protect workers who are rebuilding the current at-grade intersection into an overpass interchange, a city advisory notice said.
The work on the intersection is part of a larger plan to expand the Kellogg freeway to the east, from the Kansas Turnpike interchange to a point just west of Greenwich Road.
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$150 millionOverall cost of Kellogg/Webb project
$79 millionCost of construction
75,000average daily traffic count at Kellogg/Webb
The project will cost about $150 million overall, $79 million of which is construction, said city engineer Gary Janzen.
When the project is finished, scheduled for November 2019, Kellogg will run underneath Webb, allowing for a smoother traffic flow on both roads, officials said.
Starting March 26, motorists won’t be able to turn left from Webb onto Kellogg in either direction, according to a traffic advisory notice from the city.
Also after that date, motorists headed west on Kellogg won’t be allowed to turn left onto southbound Webb.
But, to help workers get to aircraft plants, motorists headed eastbound on Kellogg will still be able to turn left onto Webb. City traffic officials are working around that turn because it’s a major route for commuters headed to work at the Textron Aviation Beechcraft plant and turnpike drivers trying to get to the hotels along Webb, Janzen said.
Janzen said the city will preserve that left turn until workers finish access roads and a turnaround just east of Webb, which will be the permanent solution to getting people off Kellogg and onto Webb. That will probably be about a year to 1 1/2 years from now, he said.
The speed limits around the intersection will be reduced to 40 mph on Kellogg and 30 mph on Webb through the duration of the project.
In addition, construction will reduce Kellogg traffic to one lane in each direction at night, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., for the week from March 28 through April 1.