Road work will improve traffic flow for west-side motorists
Multiple street improvement projects for west Wichita are scheduled to begin soon. Three of the four major projects will affect traffic flows through the fall. The projects will improve intersections, add turn lanes, and widen streets to accommodate traffic patterns in the area.
On Monday, work will begin at the 13th and Ridge intersection. Improvements will include dual left-turn lanes installed on southbound Ridge Road, new signal lights and a dedicated right-turn lane that will be constructed on westbound 13th Street. This work is being completed to serve higher traffic volumes that are expected when the bridge over the Big Ditch is completed in the next two years. The intersection improvements will be completed in October.
Also beginning Monday, Tyler Road will close for four weeks from approximately a half mile north of 21st Street to a half mile south of 29th Street. Traffic will be detoured to Ridge Road while that portion of Tyler Road is closed to complete improvements that were unable to be finished over the winter. When completed in four weeks, left turn lanes will be provided along Tyler at the intersections along this route.
Beginning Monday, March 26, construction will begin on adding dual left-turn lanes to all four approaches at the 21st and Maize intersection, along with a raised median on Maize Road to improve traffic flow turning into the area’s retail locations. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving. Although the three-week overlap with the Tyler Rd schedule will likely cause inconvenience to motorists, it is necessary to begin work on this date in order to complete the Maize Road project before the holiday.
In Mid-April, work will begin on widening and improving 135th St West, from 13th to 21st, including signalization of the intersection of 21st and 135th. Traffic will be restricted to one lane south bound during construction, which will allow emergency vehicles from Fire Station #21 to have access along this mile. Two–way traffic will be restored in December and landscaping completed next spring.