Kemp drainage project impacting businesses and neighborhood

Kemp Drainage Project impacting businesses and neighborhood

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The current drainage project underway on Kemp Blvd. between Avenue M and Avenue K is causing some residents and businesses owners to have issues maneuvering through it.

For the project to be completed, a couple of lanes have been closed. Lanes have been reduced to one lane going each way.

Business owners and residents said since construction began Monday, they have witnessed drivers speeding and switching lanes at the last minute. It has also been difficult for residents to back out of their own driveways.

Business owners are glad the issue of flooding on Kemp Blvd. is being addressed, but the water, mud and smell from construction work being done underground, it has driven customers away.

Vikesh Desai is the Project Manager for the city of Wichita Falls. He explained why they have closed lanes down.

“We've split it up in this way and diverted traffic to one side to allow businesses to still access and customers to still go to those businesses that they go to. Instead of closing the whole intersection down and completely diverting traffic, we decided to do it in two separate stages where we do it on one side – finish it in that area, get it looking like a normal street again – and we'll flip it,” he said.

Right now, they are working on the west side of Kemp. Desai says it should take about a month to finish. They plan to complete the entire project in a couple months if weather permits.

Once the project is finished, Desai said drivers can expect to see less flooding and less splashing on cars when driving down Kemp when it rains.

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