Historic Topeka bridge being torn down during upcoming project

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A historic Topeka bridge will be torn down during a new construction project.

The decades old SE 29th St. bridge over Deer Creek will be removed starting Feb. 5.

The removal of the bridge is part of the new construction project to make streets wider for travel.

Shawnee County Public Works and Solid Waste said they have to take the bridge down because of its condition.

“It’s a structure that, from an engineering standpoint, it could not be fixed or rehabilitated,” said “So, it had to be removed and replaced. And the structure that is going in there will have a look very similar to the original structure.”

Before getting approval to remove it, Public Works had to make sure they documented the bridge with the Kansas State Historical Preservation Office.

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