State and local leaders react to the launch of the Polk-Quincy viaduct project
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Replacement of the Polk-Quincy Viaduct in downtown Topeka will soon be underway.
The project is one of eight projects in the eastern part of the state that the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has committed to funding through the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program.
$ 234 million will be used to finance the work.
“As a Topekan, I know how important this is to my hometown and I am so happy that the city of Topeka and the KDOT are teaming up to make it happen,” Governor Kelly said.
“Investments and transport or like a relay race, each generation must bear the squeeze so that the next generation can go further. ”
Kelly said $ 297 million in funding has been allocated to eight highway modernization and safety projects in eastern Kansas.
$ 214 million in funding came from the state, and an additional $ 20 million contributed locally.
“We know that the economic development and the development of the city center will be greatly improved by the realization of this viaduct,” said Topeka City Manager Brent Trout.
“We know that many people travel to our community, the numbers are staggering and it makes our community look much better.”
Plans include the expansion of 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.
Leaders said it was part of a team effort to create a more welcoming environment for the city.
“We are very excited about this project because we only consider the transport aspects of the economic development of the community,” said KDOT secretary Julie Lorenz.
“It will be a structure that is a great opening to our capital in an ideal location to help provide a better and better walk than it is for the city.”
“I think this is going to show that we are very proud of the community that we take care of our infrastructure, but what is going to do for the city center entry and exit security, I mean go up and getting off that Polk-Quincy Viaduct is a bit of a mind-blowing experience, ”said Matt Pivarnik, CEO of Greater Topeka Partnership.
“We feel a lot better knowing that if these are our own citizens or if the people who visit they are going to pass through Kansas, I will be able to see our beautiful capital in safety.”
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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