(WICHITA, Kan.) — The bridge over the railroad tracks on Broadway near 34th St. South is beyond repair, according to city officials.
They've been in talks for more than a year on what to do next, and now they're presenting the design ideas to the people who live and work nearby. A community meeting was held Monday night.
The bridge handles about 10-thousand vehicles each day. It was brought down to two lanes and given a weight limit as it has aged. It was built in 1938, and major repairs have been done on it at least two times. The last time was in 2007.
The proposed designs include complete replacement of the bridge. What makes them different is how it is replaced. To cut out the middle and build new would cost almost double what it would cost to build new around the bridge- creating an "S" curve. There are plans to curve it to the east and west- called the east and west alignments.