City approves $14 million bridge for South Broadway

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved $14.2 million project to replace the crumbling South Broadway bridge that arches over the railroad tracks near 34th Street.

A number of options were considered for replacing the bridge that was built in 1938. But the council chose the one recommended by city engineers, which they called the "east alternative."

Work isn't expected to begin until 2012 and will take 12 to 13 months to complete, City Engineer Jim Armour said. Broadway, however, will only be closed for two to three months.

About $4.3 million will come from federal money.

The city will postpone other project scheduled for this year in order to help pay for the project's cost.