Bridge renovations to begin in south Wichita

A two-year project to widen and re-deck the Arkansas River bridges in south Wichita is set to start on Wednesday.

The bridges are at mile marker 44 on I-35 and will include the removal of current decking, substructure work to widen the bridges and re-decking.

The first bridge to be worked on will be the southbound bridge. Beginning in late March, all traffic will use the northbound bridge, with a single 12-foot lane of traffic in each direction between mile markers 43 and 46.

The Wichita/K-15 toll plaza at mile marker 45 will remain open.

Speeds will be reduced to 60 mph through the construction zone.

With good weather, the work on the southbound bridge is expected to be completed in late November. Widening and re-decking of the northbound bridge will follow a similar schedule in 2017.

For updates, go to www.kandrive.org, subscribe to Kansas Turnpike Authority alerts at http://bit.ly/KHeX6g, or follow the KTA on Twitter. The KTA will also have digital message boards along the route.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner