WICHITA, Kan. - Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King stopped in Wichita, McPherson and Liberal Thursday to announce the next two years of upcoming KDOT road projects.
The work lists 464 highway projects and nearly 200 bridges at a total cost of $1.2 billion.
The most costly single project will be the start of work on replacing the Kellogg and I-235 interchange in west Wichita. The first of four construction phases will begin in late 2015 after the first contract is let in September, 2015.
Secretary King says, "It's an old, tight clover leaf design."
King says KDOT promises to make it a much more driver friendly interchange. "The weaving movements are going to be much more freely moving where you're not going to be stacked up on top of each other like what we have out there now."
Sedgwick County Commission committed $11.6 to the project.
KDOT civil engineer Glen Scott says, "An outdated clover-leaf intersection just does not perform to the standards that we hold for a facility like Kellogg and I-235. So we want to improve that."
Scott says traffic control plans are still being considered but says the plan calls for keeping two lanes of traffic open in each direction for both Kellogg and I-235.
The next two years of the ten year T-WORKS transportation program also includes more than $95 million for work on the Kellogg and Webb road area including the east Wichita turnpike gate.
Also about $20 million will be spent replacing 5 bridges on I-235 over the Arkansas river and the 25th Street bridge crossing the bypass.