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Friday, January 22, 2016
Message from the Chairman
Tom Jones, Chairman

Change is in the air in the WAMPO region. As many of us focus on reaching the goals of our New Year's resolutions, we at WAMPO are firm in our resolve to build upon the progress made in 2015. In pursuit of our new vision that aspires to develop an integrated regional transportation network that safely and efficiently moves people and goods to their intended destinations, our focus for the coming year will be forward motion and progress.
 
In late 2015, President Obama signed into a law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill with just hours to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit spending. The new law, dubbed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or the FAST Act, is paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget.   The FAST Act calls for spending approximately $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. This law is expected to create a variety of exciting opportunities within the WAMPO region.
 
In 2016 the WAMPO organization will be exploring the many opportunities associated with the new legislation as well as continuing to work towards organizational independence, which includes both physical and administrative autonomy. As we move forward, I look forward to hearing from citizens about what their transportation values and interests are.

Sincerely,
Tom Jones, Chair
WAMPO Transportation Policy Body
Road Projects
Kellogg and Webb Interchange:
 
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Work is in progress now to improve the east Kellogg and Webb interchange.  Kellogg will be improved to a six-lane freeway with an interchange at Webb Road. The project  will also include one-way frontage roads on the north and south sides of Kellogg, a bridge at Webb Road over Kellogg and new traffic signals at Webb and Corporate Hills.  

The KTA exit 50 will remain open but with modified access from the frontage road.   For more information on this project click here or contact the City of Wichita contact:  Mike Armour at 316-268-4598 or E-Mail: marmour@wichita.gov 
 

I-235/U.S. 54 Interchange

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This interchange, dubbed the "Red Project" is the first phase of the Kellogg/I-235 Interchange rebuild.  Improvements for this project include a one-lane flyover ramp for northbound I-235 to westbound Kellogg (US 54) and many of the heaviest traffic movements between I-235 and Kellogg.   

For more information on this project click here or contact the Kansas Department of Transportation contact:  Tom Hein at 316-660-4990 or E-Mail: hein@ksdot.org

 

WAMPO Regional Highlight:
 Investment in Derby
 
K-15 & Madison Intersection, Derby, Kansas
The K-15 corridor is considered by some people to be the "heart of Derby" or "downtown Derby." While it is not a traditional downtown or an entertainment district, the general area around K-15 is important to the vitality of the Derby business community. 

Known for its high traffic counts, affordable real estate and eclectic charm, the West End offers unique retailers and home grown restau rants at the top of the list to visit. 
 
In the past decade, the City of Derby has spent millions, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation and WAMPO, renovating K-15, extending Madison Avenue west to the industrial park, upgrading Buckner Street, repaving alleys, and making other improvements in public infrastructure.

In 2015, the Derby City Council approved a plan to redevelop the West End, which is the area along K-15 Highway, and approved funding for several projects, including a premier new park overlooking the river, a sidewalk, design of more street renovations, and new signs. 
 
The Derby City Council has added two priority goals for 2016:
  1. Remove barriers to promote infill development
  2. Re-invent the K- 15 corridor
The City Council recently cut in half the cost of building permits for properties in the Buckner Business District and West End to reduce upfront costs of new construction and renovations.  The City Council also waived permit fees for demolitions, permanent signs, plat filings, lot splits, vacations of alleys or street right-of-way, and site plan reviews in the West End and Buckner Business District.

For more information about the West End or Buckner Business District, call Taylour Tedder, City of Derby Development Manager, at 788-1519 ext. 266.

Wichita's New Bike Lanes
Bike Lane Markings PSA
Bike Lane Markings PSA

Want some more information about the bike lanes, green paint, and other bicycle markings?  Be sure to check out the updated City of Wichita Street Smarts brochure by clicking  here.  
 
Need more information?  Check out the City of Wichita's public service announcement on bike lane markings or visit their website at www.wichita.gov.  
 
Welcome WAMPO Staff

WAMPO would like to extend an introduction to our newest team member, Mr. Jason O'Brien.    Jason will join the WAMPO team as the new Associate Planner.   He will be working with the other planning team staff on various planning activities including the Transportation Improvement Program. 

Jason comes to WAMPO from the Pikes Peak Area Metropolitan Planning Organization in Colorado Springs, Co.  While there, Jason played a lead role in demographic forecasting and modeling as a Transportation Planner and later became the GIS Lead for the Colorado-Wyoming Region of the American Red Cross.  

Jason received his BA/MA in Geography at the University of Colorado and lived on the Front Range of Colorado for most of fifteen years. He is interested in historical urban design and the linkages between public health and transportation.
 
In his free time, Jason enjoys reading and outdoor activities. Please help us in welcoming Jason to Kansas!

Click here to view all staff bios, contact information and the WAMPO org chart.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

The general public, WAMPO partners, and stakeholders are welcome to join us at any of our upcoming regularly scheduled meetings:   

 

Transportation Policy Body (TPB)
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The Transportation Policy Body (TPB) develops, implements and approves WAMPO's transportation plans. As the regional forum for transportation planning, the TPB helps to establish a vision for the future of our transportation system.  The following is a listing of upcoming TPB meetings:

 

City Hall - 455 N. Main - 10th Floor,

Wichita, KS 67203 at 3:00 pm

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) reviews technical information about transportation studies and issues as well as providing the TPB with their professional recommendations on documents, plans, and activities. The following is a listing of upcoming TAC meetings:

 

City Hall - 455 N. Main - 10th Floor, Wichita, KS 67203 at 10:00 am

  • Monday, January 25, 2016
  • Monday, February 22, 2016
  • Monday, March 28, 2016
  • Monday, April 25, 2016

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