Bridge repair projects to change traffic routes in Wichita area

A pair of bridge repair projects that promise notable traffic disruptions are about to begin in the Wichita area.

One should last only about a week, Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Hein said, but the other is expected to take up to two months.

“We’ve got a lot going on right now, and that’s why we’ve got rain,” Hein said. “I’m taking the credit.”

Starting on Saturday, a bridge and ramp closure is planned for eastbound K-96 over East Kellogg. The bridge repairs will take up to 10 days, Hein said, though officials are hoping to complete them in a week.

A detour will send traffic to westbound Kellogg, where motorists can make a U-turn to access eastbound U.S. 54/400.

“Because that bridge on eastbound K-96 is right next to that ramp, you can’t work on that bridge and not close it,” Hein said.

Crews were able to repair the westbound lanes of that same bridge in a week, he said, so the projected timeframe appears reasonable.

On Monday, a bridge repair project will begin on the ramp linking southbound I-235 to eastbound K-254. The ramp will be closed from four to eight weeks while crews patch the bridge deck, paint the bridge girders and repair expansion joints. A marked detour will be made available for motorists.