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Multiple Topeka street, bridge projects to start Tuesday

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - The City of Topeka says that multiple street and bridge projects are expected to begin Tuesday July 5, 2016 that could affect your daily travel.

SW Topeka Boulevard from 6th to 10th streets will narrow to one lane in each direction for the water main replacement project under the east side of the road. Toward the end of next week, construction demolition will cross 7th, 8th and 9th streets at Topeka Boulevard, closing each of these intersections. The water main replacement is part of the road replacement project on Topeka Boulevard from 7th to 11th streets. The cost of the water main is $805,000. The cost of the road reconstruction is $2.07 million. The traffic signal at S.W. 10th and Topeka Boulevard will also be replaced. The entire project is expected to be completed by June 30, 2017.

The SW 25th Street road project between SW Wanamaker Road and the Interstate-470 Bridge east of S.W. Arrowhead Road will start Tuesday. The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 28, weather permitting. The bridge over I-470 will be closed during construction. Construction includes full-depth asphalt patches, some curb and gutter repairs, some sections of full depth removal and replacement of the pavement, and a mill and overlay. The work will be done in phases to allow maximum access to properties. The road will be open to local traffic only. The 25th Street project also includes construction of a segment of waterline near the intersection of Westport and 25th streets. The cost of the project is $1.11 million for the roadway work, $160,000 for water main construction and $10,000 for stormwater infrastructure repairs. Funding for the project is from the City-wide Half Cent Sales Tax Fund and from the Water and Stormwater Operating Funds.

The bridge over the Shunganunga Creek east of downtown on SE 10th Street closed on Monday, June 27. It will be closed until April 30, 2017, for complete replacement of the bridge deck, girders, abutments and pier caps. A 10-foot-wide side path will also be constructed as part of the Shunga Trail System and Multi-Use Path. The cost of the bridge work is $3.3 million. The side path cost is $200,000, and a new waterline is $408,500. Funding sources include GO Bonds, Federal Fund Exchange (FFE) funds through KDOT and Water Operating Funds.

On SW MacVicar between SW 6th and 7th streets, the bridge over the Ward-Martin Creek will close to all through traffic to allow for bridge deck repairs. The bridge will be closed for approximately two weeks, weather permitting, for concrete work then opened to traffic for approximately a month. The bridge will then close for two weeks to apply the polymer sealer, weather permitting. A marked detour will be from 8th to Oakley to 6th to MacVicar during closure times.


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