If you take McLean to downtown Wichita, you might rethink your route for the next month

Part of a well-traveled Wichita street will be closed Monday for about a month.

McLean Boulevard, just west of Seneca, has been reduced to one lane each way for the past several weeks because of a construction project.

Beginning Monday, April 22, McLean will be closed from Seneca to Meridian, according to Gregory Baalman, senior engineer for the city of Wichita. The closure is part of a project to replace large water valves at McLean and Exposition, according to a weekly city construction bulletin. The closure will last about a month, depending on the weather, he said.

Traffic will be directed to detour onto Douglas. Electronic signs were placed near McLean and Seneca telling drivers to “expect delays.”

According to city maps, the average daily traffic count at McLean and Seneca is about 31,700.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the traffic count.

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Julie Mah is a lifelong Kansan. She graduated from Kansas State University and has been a journalist for 35 years.