Not long ago, the idea of a 13th Street span over the Big Ditch seemed dead, largely killed by neighborhood opposition to the east. But credit city planners and the Wichita City Council for ingenuity in conceiving another plan that would spare neighbors while serving commuters. The latest concept, which won the council’s approval last week, would ease congestion at the Central and Zoo Boulevard spans by allowing drivers to exit northbound I-235 to westbound 13th Street and to enter I-235 southbound from 13th Street west of the ditch. But planning should continue for how to offset the bottlenecks to the north. When it comes to winning the daily battle with west-side traffic, the more bridges, the better.
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