WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – East Kellogg has reopened, 36 hours ahead of schedule.
In a press release sent to KSN, the City of Wichita announced the highway between Rock Road and Webb Road was opened after contractors completed the removal of the Kansas Turnpike Authority bridge earlier than expected.
Demolition began Friday, just after 10 p.m. The project was expected to take until Monday morning.
Wildcat Construction oversaw the demolition with Pearson Construction completing the bulk of the work, which they say was a critical point in allowing the project to move forward as scheduled. The East Kellogg improvement project is a joint effort between the City of Wichita, Kansas Department of Transportation and KTA.
Motorists like Sharon McCue from Andover were surprised by their speedy progress.
“We heard that the bridge was going to go down so we were really surprised that last night they were tearing it down and now it doesn’t look like there
is a bridge at all,” said McCue.
With anticipation that the project would take all weekend to complete, detours were set up at Rock and Webb roads to divert drivers around the demolition.
Jake Miller came in town from Emporia and says at first, it was kind of confusing.
“We came in and went to pay for the toll and it was all blocked off in front of us and it says you can only go one way,” said Miller.
However, Miller says he was able to figure out the detour and says traffic moved smoothly.
Altogether, motorists like McCue and Miller say this project should pay off in the long run.
“It’s really not too bad, if they’re making the roads a little bit better, that isn’t going to hurt anybody,” said Miller.
District 2 City Council Member Pete Meitzner applauded the efforts of multiple contractors saying, “Completing this work and opening Kellogg more than 36 hours in advance of the original schedule is a tremendous benefit to the motorists and businesses that use Kellogg on a daily basis. “