Council hires firm for big traffic project

PEC will draft grant proposal for North Junction interchange

June 19, 2018 - 11:31 am

The first steps to improving Wichita's North Junction took place Tuesday.

At the weekly Wichita city council meeting, the group hired Professional Engineering Consultants to draft a grant proposal for the North Junction Interchange. 

That interchange is nearly 50 years old and can't handle the current traffic demands of almost 100,000 vehicles per day.

KDOT has hired PEC to develop plans for alleviating the most congested routes– northbound I-135 to westbound I-235/K-96 and southbound I-135 to eastbound K-254. There is currently no funding for right-of-way acquisition, final design or construction.

Mayor Jeff Longwell stressed the project was critically important to the region and his desire to team with the county to tackle it. 

The City will initially cover the $86,000 cost to hire PEC then request reimbursement from Sedgwick County for half of that amount.

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