WICHITA, Kansas – The Sedgwick County Commission approved $2.8 million in bridge repairs on Wednesday.
Crews will be fixing potholes and making repairs to seven bridges throughout the Wichita area.
“There’s a lot of potholes, they’ve got a lot of damage on the roads,” said Wichita resident Brent Lindal.
The bridges are showing signs of wear and tear and for drivers like Creed Arp it’s becoming a problem.
“It’s been pretty rough, pretty deep pot holes,” he said.
County Commissioner Dave Unruh says the proposed project will fix the surface of the bridges and routine checks ensure they’re fit for travel.
“If a bridge gets below a 50 percent rating then you know you’re putting it under too much stress,” Unruh said. “We’re trying to stay ahead of that curve and get any bridge that’s even close to that, get it repaired and back up to full operating condition.”
With necessary repairs comes unavoidable headache, especially for heavy traffic areas like MacArthur Road.
“First shift of spirit gets out and you can’t hardly get on that road and you bottle neck it down to one lane it gets impossible,” Arp said.
Officials ask for patience.
“It’s clearly a headache and a hassle and we’re all aware of it and we’re going to have to suffer it, but there’s no other way to get it done,” said Unruh.
Although they aren’t looking forward to the detours, drivers say they’ll appreciate the finished product.
“I’d rather have the repairs and deal with the construction in the meantime,” said Stacy Richardson.
“It is worth it, it is, because if we don’t maintain it then we’re just going to get frustrated at the conditions of the road,” Arp said.
At this point, there is no set timeline for when these repairs will be completed, but County Commissioners are expected to approve funding from the Roads and Bridges Fund Wednesday at the commission meeting.