Wichita business asks city to change Kellogg upgrades

Webb and Kellogg Traffic Design

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WICHITA, Kansas — For years, the city of Wichita has been upgrading Kellogg.

The latest plan is to make changes at Kellogg and Webb road where Kansas Turnpike traffic flows.

Some at the Joe Self Chevrolet dealership say the city plan is flawed.

“For a couple of years it will be a challenge for our customers with all the construction,” says John Bell with Joe Self. “The engineering study we are looking at is very different from the city plan.”

Bell and others took the idea to city hall for the city council to have a look.

The city plan would move traffic off the turnpike onto Kellogg, basically, through a series of loops. The plan Bell would like to see for Kellogg would move access to the turnpike off Webb road itself.

“This plan would save the city about ten million on the cost of the bridge here alone,” says Bell.

City engineers listening to the alternative engineering plan are not so sure.

The city says there would be additional costs for environmental studies and it could delay the project up to two years.

Still, city council members were listening.

“Well, they have not promised anything,” says Bell. “It’s in their hands now. We just want them to consider it.”

Bell also says the city plan would move a lot of traffic to side streets for two years while the construction would take place.

“We would just like to see traffic routed to Webb road,” explains Bell.

City engineer Gary Janzen says the city has studied the design, and still believes in the city design.

“We have looked at this from (many) different angles,” says Janzen. “We really think the design we have got is going to serve everyone the best.”

“We just hope they will take another look,” says Bell. “No guarantees. I understand that, but I hope they take a long look at this.”

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