by Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.)
While improving a deteriorating bridge, the City of Wichita will make the Arkansas River more accessible to boaters. During a workshop Tuesday, the Wichita City Council learned about the $12 million project.
The city wants to replace the Lincoln Street bridge. The bridge was built in 1970 and started having issues in 1976. Right now city engineers say the bridge is structurally deficient and is having problems with corrosion. If the council approves the replacement, the city will move the dam under the bridge 150 feet downstream.
While moving the dam downstream, the city will build a boat pass to make it easier for boaters to use the river. The city is also required to put in a fish pass.