Wichita highway project bids approved in December:
- U.S. 54, Ridge Road east to the Washington Street interchange, pavement patching, 4.9 miles, Diamond Surface Inc., Rogers, MN, $1,213,032.51.
- K-42, K-42/K-49 junction northeast to Hoover Road, milling and overlay, 13.2 miles, Cornejo & Sons LLC, Wichita, KS, $3,783,447.46.
- K-254, Rock Rd. east to the Sedgwick/Butler county line, milling and overlay, 5.4 miles, Cornejo & Sons LLC, Wichita, KS, $2,007,130.75.
- U.S. 54, eastbound lanes of U.S. 54 over McLean Blvd., special drainage pipe repair, 0.1 mile, Diamond Surface Inc., Rogers, MN, $27,950.75.
A new WICHway website offers the same great camera views, traffic speeds and information from message boards PLUS it is smart phone-ready! See our short video on how to bookmark it on You Tube. See the website at www.WICHway.org.
The four-year construction of the East Kellogg Freeway from Cypress to Wiedemann including the interchange for Webb Road and the KTA, will begin in the spring. Bids from contractors will be opened in January.
KanDrive, www.kandrive.org, is a valuable web portal that provides info on weather, highway conditions and construction plus camera views from around the state.
Check out the postings on Facebook from Wichita KDOT.
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You can view all scheduled transportation work in Kansas and create a custom project list with maps at the T-WORKS website.
MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) is the two-year (through Federal FY 2014) $105 billion federal transportation program. Read the summary.
The City of Wichita's weekly traffic report and maintenance project updates are online at the City's Public Works site. Click on “Major Construction Projects for Streets & Buildings” to view the current PDF (updated weekly).
Wildflowers and prairie grasses were planted in April 2011 at the I-135 & Kellogg interchange. A dormant planting of wildflower seed was also made at the I-135/I-235/K-96/K-254 interchange in November 2010. Patience...
Beeline Express, a bus service serving Wichita to Salina (two roundtrips/day) and Wichita to Pueblo, Colorado (one trip/day) began in November 2010 .
On February 12, Gov. Brownback and Kansas Secretary of Transportation King announced the start of preliminary engineering for the redesign of the I-135/I-235/K-96/K-254 interchange (right) plus 12 bridges on I-235 from Zoo Blvd. to N. Broadway.
These are cool: Historic State Maps of Kansas. The first highway map is from 1918.
The first phase (Red Project) of the I-235 & U.S. 54 Interchange rebuild doesn't begin until 2015 but you can read about it now at www.235kelloggcentral.com.
The Amtrak Feasibility Study for expanded passenger rail service (including restoration of service to Wichita) is available for your review. A number of helpful documents are posted at www.ksdot.org (scroll down to Amtrak News).
An enhanced 511 Mobile application is available at http://511mm.ksdot.org.
Can the Wichita Metro Statistical Area (Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey & Sumner counties) stay in compliance with federal air quality standards? Check the metro Air Quality Index for particulate matter, ozone and carbon monoxide.
If you use the Kansas Turnpike a lot, you might want to subscribe to their text messaging service. Info on weather, road conditions and crash-related traffic problems are sent to your phone. Sign up >>
K-TAG is the Kansas Turnpike Authority's electronic tolling program. You can save 15% and breeze through the toll plaza without stopping. Easy to purchase (online or at several retail outlets) and easy to use. Read about the two K-TAG options.
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28 K-96 Bridges
28 K-96 bridges, I-135 junction to U.S. 54/400
Start date: April 13
Contract amount: $1,171,171
Prime contractor: Truesdell Corp., Tempe AZ
Scope of work: Bridge patching then polymer overlays.
Special notes: Work on bridges from I-135 to Webb Road will be in the evenings and overnight hours. Work on the bridges from Greenwich Road to U.S. 54 will be during the daytime.
I-135, 37th to 85th
I-135, 37th St. N. to 85th St. N.
Start date: Spring
Contract amount: Bids to be opened Jan. 14
Scope of work: Major highway rehabilitation includes mill and overlay of driving lanes, bridge repairs & other
Special notes: Work on highway mainline will be done on weekends.
I-235 at 13th St.
Ramps added for NB I-235 to 13th St. & 13th St. to SB I-235
Start date: Dec. 3, 2012
Completion: November 26, 2014
Contract amount: $23,111,124.58
Prime contractor: Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co., Wichita
Scope of work: Improvements to 13th & Windmill Road and two new I-235 ramps with bridges over the Big Ditch.
Special notes: Sponsored by the City of Wichita (funds from sales tax used for design and construction). Speed reduction (50 mph) on I-235, Central to Zoo Blvd.
Intelligent Transportation System
Start date: October 14
Completion: February 2014
Contract amount: $677,712
Prime contractor: Atlas Electric, Wichita, KS
Scope of work: Installation of six cameras with traffic sensors (2 on E. Kellogg, 2 on W. Kellogg, 2 on I-135) plus a double sided message board (E. Kellogg at Armour)
Special notes: Closure of left lane for EB & WB US-54/400 (E. Kellogg) from Rock to Woodlawn began Oct. 14.
U.S. 54 Ark River Bridge
U.S. 54 Bridge west of downtown Wichita
Start date: October 14
Contract amount: $986,877.70
Prime contractor: PCI Roads, St. Michael, MN
Scope of work: Repair of support structure inside of bridge.
Special notes: Some short term ramp and lane closures.
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I-235 & Kellogg
I-235 & U.S. 54 Interchange, Phase 1
Bids Open: Sept. 2015
Construction Starts: Late 2015
Scope of work: First phase of interchange reconstruction includes two-lane flyover ramp for SB I-235 to EB Kellogg, a one-lane flyover ramp for NB I-235 to WB Kellogg and auxiliary lanes for I-235 from U.S. 54 to Central St.
More info: The Red Project at www.235kelloggcentral.com
Kellogg & Webb
Kellogg Freeway from Kansas Turnpike to east of Webb Road
Bids Open: Late 2013
Construction Starts: 2014
Scope of work: Construction of freeway from Eastern St. to 1/2 mile east of Webb Road. Includes a combined interchange for Webb and the Kansas Turnpike Authority's toll plaza.
More info: Multi-year project.
Kellogg, Webb to Greenwich
Kellogg Freeway from east of Webb Rd. to east of Greenwich Rd.
Bids Open: Not scheduled
Construction Starts: ?
Scope of work: Construction of U.S. 54/400 freeway continues with an interchange at Greenwich Road.
Frontage roads for Kellogg Freeway (U.S. 54) between 135th St. W. & 151st St. W.
Bids Open: June 2013
Scope of work: Construction of frontage roads.
K-254 from Maize to Goddard
Bids Open: Not scheduled
Construction Starts: ?
Scope of work: A freeway connecting K-96 at Tyler Road to U.S. 54 east of 183rd St. West
More info: Some right-of-way has been acquired but funds are not currently available to construct this project.
75 mph speed limit signs are in place on 807 miles of Kansas highways. See the map of 75 mph routes in Kansas.
Hard to argue with this: 2001 - 2010 was the greatest decade ever for Kansas transportation. See KDOT's decade report.
Deer can be spotted on Kansas highways any time of year but are especially active during the rut -- which peaks in mid-November. There were 9,109 deer-vehicle crashes reported in 2010 -- 391 in Sedgwick County.
This is NOT good news: The Kansas county with the most deer vs. vehicle crashes in 2009? Sedgwick. See the stats.
Keep Right, Pass Left. A Kansas law requires that drivers on roadways outside of cities, with two or more lanes in the same direction, must drive in the right lane unless they are making a left turn or passing another vehicle (fine is $60 + court costs).
Put the phone down and drive! Kansas joins 29 other states: drivers caught writing, sending or reading a text message while on a public road or highway = $60 fine + court costs.
Going fishing? Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks provides weekly fishing updates and KDOT has a couple of public access lakes at Hydraulic and 45th St. North. Here are maps to many of Sedgwick County's fishing locations.
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