Governor Laura Kelly signs agreement to replace Topeka’s Polk-Quincy Viaduct
Governor Laura Kelly today joined Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, and other community partners to sign a funding partnership agreement official for the long-awaited Polk-Quincy viaduct project in Topeka.
The project will replace the Polk-Quincy Viaduct in Topeka and extend the six-lane I-70 from MacVicar Avenue to Topeka Boulevard. The works will remove a steep curve on the viaduct while providing improvements for motorists crossing or entering the city center.
“As a long-time resident of Topeka, I understand the importance of the Polk-Quincy Project – and what a change it will change for Topekans and for anyone traveling on I-70,” Governor Kelly said. “I look forward to adding my name, representing this administration and the IKE transport plan, to the partnership group strengthening the Polk Quincy Viaduct for generations to come.
The agreement signed on Wednesday is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) marking the official funding partnership between KDOT and the city of Topeka. The agreement commits the partners to work cooperatively on the implementation of the I-70 Polk-Quincy viaduct project.
Other organizations represented in the partnership include Shawnee County, the Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization, the Topeka-Shawnee County Riverfront Authority, the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Greater Topeka Partnership.
The MOU reads, in part:
“Partners further commit to staying focused on collaboration and supportive engagement, while helping to ensure that issues are resolved in a timely manner, that information is proactively shared, and properly maintained. take into account the unique goals and interests of each partner, as well as roles and responsibilities. “
Governor Kelly and Secretary Lorenz initially announced the Polk-Quincy Project in July as one of eight expansion and modernization freeway projects in eastern Kansas – totaling more than $ 297 million in investment. – who were engaged in construction as part of the Kelly administration’s bipartisan transport plan.
“Polk-Quincy will be a flagship project for this community and our state”, Secretary Lorenz said. “KDOT is committed to being the best partner it can be in making our capital’s gateway something we can all be proud of.”
The photos below from today’s event are available to media: