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Work at Kellogg and I-235 delayed again

Fly over the Kellogg freeway and I-235

Drone footage of the ongoing project to reconstruct the I-235 interchange at Kellogg, also known as US-54. (May 2018)
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Drone footage of the ongoing project to reconstruct the I-235 interchange at Kellogg, also known as US-54. (May 2018)

Work scheduled for this weekend at Kellogg and I-235 — postponed earlier — has been delayed again.

The west-side interchange was scheduled to be closed for construction the first weekend in October, but was postponed because of weather, Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Hein had said. It was rescheduled for Oct. 12-15 but has been postponed again for, you guessed it, weather. Forecasts call for rain this weekend in the Wichita area. South-central Kansas received 4 to 6 inches of rain earlier this week.

The Arkansas River through Wichita, on Thursday afternoon, was moving at nearly 12,000 cubic feet per second after run-off from recent heavy rains continued to make its way through the area.

Construction crews were going to replace the bridge approaches over the Big Ditch (Wichita-Valley Center Floodway) and remove bridge construction forms from the flyover ramp along with other work. The work is all part of a project to redo the interchange, which began November 2015. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2019.

Hein said work on southbound I-235 and 29th Street North also will be postponed to Oct. 19.

The only project not postponed is one on eastbound K-96 over I-235, he said Thursday. That project involves shoulder work and begins Friday.

For more information on work on Wichita-area highways, visit www.ksdot.org/WichitaMetro.

If you were traveling on Kellogg or I-235 this weekend only to find it closed at the I-235 interchange here's why. Constructions crews from Dondlinger Construction were busy installing 12 63,000-pound bridge beams. (February 2018)



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