Improvements complete on 2-mile stretch of 13th Street
By Jake Bowles. CREATED Aug 8, 2014
Wichita Public Works & Utilities celebrated the completion of improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.
The road was widened to five lanes with wider sidewalks. The project began in August 2012 and cost $17.3 million.
City Engineer Gary Janzen said planning for the project began in 2005, but several years passed with "nothing but meetings." Janzen said the wider streets and sidewalks will have safety benefits.
"There's approximately 15,000 vehicles a day that use this corridor," Janzen said. "It makes traveling a lot safer for vehicles and for pedestrians, both."
Jay Storey of Furniture on Consignment, a store near 13th and Oliver, said he supported the improvements but knew the partially blocked roads would impact business.
"With every improvement comes sacrifice," said Storey. "We knew that we were up for a scarifice. When they said it was gonna take two years, I had to pray a lot. Two years of disruption in front of a business that needs day-to-day business is a long time."