Kansas Turnpike releases video of bridge being torn down

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Turnpike Authority released a video showing just how fast the Kansas Turnpike Authority bridge came down this weekend.

On Friday, Kellogg was closed between Webb and Rock as crews took down the bridge as part of the Kellogg expansion project.

The demolition was scheduled to last two days, but crews were able to finish the job 36 hours in advance of the original schedule. The work started at 10 p.m. Friday and ended Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m.

KSN News asked if the companies involved get more money for getting the job done early. KDOT said no, it is not in the contract. However, there are deadlines and not meeting deadlines can cost companies work.

“It happens on some projects, and others it doesn’t. Disincentives happen if a project is late,” said Tom Hein, Kansas Department of Transportation.

Hein said the roughly $80 million project at Kellogg and Webb likely won’t be moving ahead of schedule very much with one piece of the puzzle done early. After all, work is supposed to last until November of 2019.

With all the detours onto access roads to get east on Kellogg, Hein said every little bit helps.

“It went so well and so smoothly and they had so much equipment taking that bridge down over the weekend, it really only lasted 24 hours,” said Hein.