Improvements to 143rd Street East, between Kellogg and Central, will begin on Monday, Oct. 2, a project that will widen the street to a five-lane roadway with two lanes in each direction and a center two-way, left-turn lane.
Improvements also include additional turn lanes on 143rd Street south of the Kellogg intersection, new traffic signals, drainage improvements, and sidewalks, including a 10-feet wide multi-use path.
The five-lane expansion will accommodate projected traffic counts with future development along 143rd Street. The additional turn lanes on 143rd Street at Kellogg will improve the increased traffic flow and complement future Kellogg expansion.
Improvements to 143rd Street were initially scheduled for completion prior to construction of Kellogg and Greenwich, currently in progress. The freeway expansion was expedited to avoid losing construction funds thus resulting in overlap of these two projects.
The $3.6 million project includes joint funding from both the City of Wichita and federal grants administered through the Kansas Department of Transportation. The grants received were awarded for fiscal year 2018 and any delays to 143rd Street improvements would result in lost funds.
143rd Street will carry one lane in each direction throughout construction. The estimated completion is summer 2018.
A public information meeting regarding the 143rd Street improvements will be held 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Metro East Baptist Church, 333 N. 143rd Street.