What are the East Kellogg (US-54) improvements?

The East Kellogg improvements are comprised of two projects. 

The Kellogg and Webb project, which stretches from just west of Webb Road to just west of Greenwich, will improve Kellogg to a six-lane freeway with an interchange at Webb Road frontage roads, and modified access to the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) at Exit 50.  See an illustration of this project here. See an illustration of this project here.

The Greenwich to K-96 project will improve the portion of Kellogg from Greenwich to K-96. Improvements include a six-lane freeway with an interchange at Greenwich, bridge over Zelta, and new connections to the KTA/I-35. See an illustration of this project here.

How can I learn about specific roadway closures or impacts to traffic?

As a general rule, Kellogg traffic will use the two-lane frontage roads for east and west-bound travel while the new highway between the frontage roads is constructed. Speeds are reduced to 40 mph in the construction zone and all left turns at Kellogg and Webb Road are prohibited. Kansas Turnpike travelers will experience lane closures near the construction area (mile marker 50-53). Additional traffic impacts will be shared regularly on the home page of this web site, via signage in the construction area and on social media. Travelers are encouraged to follow traffic impacts and updates on Twitter @e54ict. 

What’s the funding breakdown?

The total cost of the East Kellogg corridor improvements, including design, right-of-way, utility relocation, construction and construction engineering, is expected to be more than $300 million. A large portion of the construction costs on the projects will be paid with T-WORKS funding of $162 million. Kellogg and Webb segment costs (after T-WORKS) are being paid by the City of Wichita. The Greenwich to K-96 segment (after T-WORKS) will be paid by the City, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and KTA, based on the appropriate expenses for each partner. 

Who is leading the projects?

The projects represent a partnership between the City of Wichita, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA). The three agencies have worked together on several projects. Engineers for each organization have experience in budgeting and tracking expenses for large transportation projects. 

The Kellogg and Webb project is managed by the City of Wichita. The Greenwich to K-96 project is managed by the KTA. 

When will the projects begin and how long will they take to complete?

The Webb project construction started in the summer of 2015 and should take about four years, with anticipated completion in late 2019. The Greenwich to K-96 project construction started in fall 2016 and should take about five years, with anticipated completion in late 2021.

How will tolling on the new Turnpike/Kellogg interchange work?

The new interchange (Exit 53A) will use electronic toll collection methods (i.e. K-TAG, PIKEPASS and other compatible transponders). Electronic customers will be billed as normal. Instead of paying at a tollbooth, cash/card customers will have 10 days to go online and pay for their trip at the cash toll rate after the trip has been processed.

Watch this video to learn more.

Will the Turnpike’s East Wichita interchange (Exit 50) close?

No. This interchange will remain open but access to it will change.  It will serve as a local connection between the Turnpike and Webb Road, with access via a frontage road. See an illustration of the improvements here.

What new movements are being installed for KTA?

As part of the Greenwich to K-96 project, new ramps will provide direct connections from EB Kellogg to NB and SB KTA/I-35, and from SB KTA/I-35 to WB Kellogg. See an illustration of the proposed ramps here.

What will happen to the 127th Street connection to Kellogg?

The 127th Street connection to East Kellogg is permanently closed. A road from Zelta to East Gilbert is being constructed for travelers needing access to and from neighborhoods south and east of Kellogg near this corridor. 

How is the partnership between the City, KDOT and KTA structured?

For the Kellogg, Greenwich to K-96 Project, the three agencies have partnered together with the KTA managing and bidding the project.  The City and KTA are both experienced in partnering with KDOT on projects.  The engineers for each organization have experience in breaking out costs to attribute the correct expenses to the appropriate partner.  Similarly, those same engineers understand why the traveling public is concerned about which entity pays for which roads. 

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