Lane closures on East Kellogg this week

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Drivers in east Wichita might notice more orange cones along Kellogg this week.

Crews are set to reduce traffic to a single lane at east Kellogg and Zelta Street as crews begin putting up bridge girders.

Transportation officials expect an impact to traffic, but said congestion in the area shouldn’t be too bad.

The eastbound Kellogg lane closure will only last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week. However, westbound Kellogg traffic will continue to be reduced to one lane as construction progresses.

With contractors being so close to traffic, officials remind drivers to stay aware of their surroundings.

“Please in a work zone pay attention to the signs. Stay off the cell phone. Focus on your driving,” explained Glen Scott, with the Kansas Turnpike Authority. “I know we’re doing all kinds of neat things out here, There’s progress being made but it’s better to get through the project safely.”

The new Zelta bridge is a small part of a bigger project to create a freeway out to K-96.

“Having the freeway portion completed all the way out to K-96 means more lanes for traffic, improved design interchanges with Webb Road and Greenwich, and also better access to the Kansas Turnpike,” Scott said.

Progress is being made on the East Kellogg Improvement project, according to officials.

The Greenwich portion is ahead of schedule, and the Webb Road portion of the project is expected to be completed on time.

Drivers should expect the project to finish in 2021.

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