On December 11, 2012, the Topeka City Council approved a $4.9 million budget for improvements to South Kansas Ave between 6th and 10th Streets.
- $3,759,000 – General Obligation bonds
- $1,050,000 – ½ cent sales tax funds
- $158,000 – Utility revenue bonds
An additional $1,800,000 of private investment is also being pursued for amenities, pocket parks, and aesthetics.
A traffic study by Parsons Brinckerhoff has been completed, and shows a three-lane section will provide acceptable traffic capacity considering the alignment of the Polk-Quincy viaduct, Riverfront development, and overall traffic growth. Therefore, the project will reconstruct Kansas Ave. to a three-lane section, with a northbound, southbound, and center turn lane. The concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, and medians will be replaced.
The project will be divided into two construction years, with the east half of Kansas Ave between 6th & 10th Street being replaced in 2014, and west half of being replaced in 2015. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Kansas Ave through construction, with the exception of temporary overnight closings for utility service connections.
Preliminary meetings with business owners along the project have occurred. Comments received during those meetings will be considered as design progresses.
- May 2013 – January 2014
Design and Utility Coordination
- February 2014 – November 2014
Provide two-way traffic in existing southbound lanes
Install gas and water mains in proposed northbound lanes
Construct proposed east half of Kansas Ave from 6th to 10th Ave
- November 2014 – February 2015
Provide temporary pavement and traffic control as needed to winterize project
- February 2015 – November 2015
Construct west half of Kansas Ave from 6th to 10th Ave
Open Kansas Ave to unrestricted traffic