Potential changes to Wichita's Douglas Avenue will wait

Rodney Price
October 22, 2019 - 10:54 am
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The Wichita City Council will wait two weeks to decide whether to make big changes to downtown traffic.

At Tuesday's Wichita City Council consent agenda meeting, Mayor Jeff Longwell pulled two items from the agenda, one being a proposal to accept a grant of $25,000.  That funding would be a third of the cost to start a pilot project on Douglas Avenue from Main Street to the railroad tracks in Old Town.  That project would reduce the traffic lanes from 2 to 1 in each direction, with a vehicle turn lane in the middle.  Parking on that stretch of Douglas would be in the current right lane with a dedicated bike and scooter path on the far right side where parking currently takes place. 

If the project is approved at the next city council meeting on November 5th, changes on Douglas won't begin until next spring.

Tuesday's meeting lasted less than 10 minutes.  Only 4 council members attended, as Vice Mayor Jeff Blubaugh and Council Member Bryan Frye were at an aviation convention.  Council member Brandon Johnson was out due to illness.

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