TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – After years of discussions, a plan to replace the Polk-Quincy Viaduct in downtown Topeka is officially in action.
Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas Sec. of transportation Julie Lorenz and local officials gathered at Evergy Plaza in downtown Topeka on Thursday morning to make the announcement.
Kelly said $ 297 million in funding has been allocated to eight highway modernization and safety projects in eastern Kansas.
The funds come from the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, a 10-year program adopted by the Kansas legislature in 2020 specifically for transportation improvement projects statewide.
Most of the funding for the eastern part of the state includes the replacement of the 58-year-old Polk Quincy Viaduct in downtown Topeka.
The viaduct project is expected to cost a total of $ 234 million, including $ 214 million from the state and an additional $ 20 million provided locally.
Plans include expanding a two-mile stretch of I-70 between MacVicar Avenue and Topeka Boulevard. from four to six lanes, and the replacement of the existing viaduct to 4th Street.
The project is expected to be leased for construction in 2024, with work scheduled to begin shortly thereafter.
A proposed new bridge will move the highway north, flattening the curve by about half and minimizing the number of ramps.
Earlier this year, the KDOT said the route would also allow normal I-70 traffic in the first year of construction, but would have to close the freeway in the second year.
Find out more about the Polk-Quincy Viaduct replacement, as well as other approved projects Click here.
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