Groundbreaking set for KDOT street project

Chad Frey
The Kansan

A project years in the making to open up a property slated for commerical development on S. Kansas Avenue willl move forward at the end of this month. 

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Wheatridge and Paddington street improvement project has been set for 2 p.m. Jan. 25.

The improvements will serve a planned commercial development by Occidental Management on about 80 acres south of Wheatridge. The development will be phased and will consist of general commercial along S. Kansas, potentially followed by residential and professional offices to the west.

The city of Newton was awarded about $2 million from the Kansas Department of Transportation Cost Share Program for the extension of Wheatridge Drive and Paddington Avenue to serve new development along S. Kansas Avenue.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Wheatridge and Paddington street improvement project has been set for 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

The project will extend Wheatridge Drive from S. Kansas west to Paddington and extend Paddington from Wheatridge to Windward, with roundabouts at each intersection. The project also moves about 400 feet of Wheatridge on the east side of S. Kansas to the south to line up with the new Wheatridge on the west with a light at that intersection.  

Windward will become right-in/right-out only on the west side of S. Kansas and the center median will be closed off. Quail Creek Drive will be extended to the west in another upcoming project. Pearson Construction is the contractor.

Kansas Deputy Secretary of Transportation Lindsey Douglas and KDOT Economic Development programs manager Michelle Needham are expected to attend the groundbreaking.