Picture this: more bridges over the Big Ditch; streets built for bicyclists, walkers and drivers; coordinated traffic signals and more buses to reduce smog; and a user-friendly downtown parking system.
It's all yours for the low, low cost of $6.7 billion. (An additional $2.8 billion will be required for maintenance.)
Before the sticker shock sets in, consider this: Historical local, state and federal cash flows in the Wichita metro area show that there should be enough money to make it all happen over the next 25 years.
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That's the skinny on the draft copy of the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's 2035 transportation plan, which is circulating in communities from Viola to Andover, Mount Hope to Mulvane.
The plan sets out a lot of basic concepts like cutting down on pollution, reducing car wrecks, and building streets with space for bicycles.
It also lists about 300 projects that planners think qualify for federal funding.
But it's just a plan.
Local elected officials will have to vote on them; state and federal officials will evaluate them for funding; and the public will have its say.
Plus, there's no guarantee the cash will be there.
"We could have more money, we could have less money," said Mitch Coffman, an associate transportation planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Department.
About 76 percent of the projects are roads, 9 percent railroad, 8 percent bridges, 4 percent transit and the rest spread between bike paths and traffic management.
Here's a look at some of the more eye-catching projects, the time frame for construction, and the estimated cost that is adjusted for inflation.
The complete list is online at www.wampoks.org.
* I-235 and Kellogg interchange reconstruction.
* I-235/I-135/K-254 interchange reconstruction.
* K-254 from K-96 to U.S. 54 four-lane freeway.
* Kellogg converted to freeway with frontage roads
* Mulvane Bypass from K-15 to K-53 with two paved lanes and an overpass at the railroad near Valley Road
* 95th Street South converted to a four-lane parkway from K-15 to Greenwich Road
* I-235 bridge over floodway between Central and Zoo Boulevard
* I-235/25th Street North bridge over the floodway
* New 71st Street South bridge over the Arkansas River
* 95th Street South bridge over the Arkansas River with four-lane parkway from K-15 to Hillside
* Replace the Broadway bridge at 34th Street South
* Elevated railroad from Kellogg to 55th Street South
* Elevated railroad from downtown to northwest Wichita
* Elevated railroad from 17th Street to 37th Street North
* Elevated Railroad from the K&O Railroad yard to southwest Wichita
Bicycle and pedestrian
* Arkansas River to Gypsum Creek bike path connector
* 17th Street railroad corridor from I-135 to Oliver
* Bel Aire walk/bike path connecting city trail system from 37th Street North to Central Park
* I-135 from McAdams Park to Grove Park trail
* 3-mile path from K-96 near 13th Street to Harry and Greenwich
* Delano railroad corridor from Seneca to Meridian
* Andover Road from Central to U.S. 54 bicycle/pedestrian path
* Expanded Q-line trolley service
* Capital, operating and planning for Wichita Transit
* Paratransit vehicle purchases and funding
* Wichita downtown parking management system
* Wichita area traffic management center
* Traffic signal controller upgrades
* Wichita area wireless mobile network
2020 to 2029