City officials took part in a ribbon cutting event on Friday to celebrate improvements along 13th Street in northeast Wichita.
With scissors in hand, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and other leaders cut the red ribbon in front of the widened street near 13th and Roosevelt. The project includes arterial street improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver. The work was done in District 1, represented by Councilwoman Lavonta Williams.
"I think today looking at the fantastic final product and the view for the neighborhood, everyone is so happy," says Williams. "It has created a sense of pride for the 13th Street residents."
City Engineer Gary Janzen says the project cost was just over $17 million for right-of-way acquisitions, design and construction.
"Within that was three miles of storm sewer, new storm sewer to help with drainage, 60 thousand square yards of new asphalt to construct the five lane roadway, and 120 thousand square feet of sidewalk with 117 wheel chair ramps which provide for that pedestrian accessibility," says Janzen.
Cornejo & Sons constructed the improvements that began August of 2012.