Public Works

What the Public Works Department Does

The quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Topeka depends on the quality of the city’s infrastructure: smooth streets, well-engineered projects, well-managed downtown parking, and well-maintained city assets all lead to a better way of life.

The City of Topeka’s Public Works Department, nationally recognized through accreditation by the American Public Works Association, strives to meet our current and future needs. A well-run organization consisting of Engineering, Streets, Maintenance, Traffic Signs and Signals, Forestry, Parking, Fleet, and GIS Management ensures public funds are spent on projects and services approved by you through your local City Council representative.

  • SE California Ave. - SE 37th St. to SE 45th St. - #701021.00
  • Alley between N. Kansas Ave. and NE Quincy from St. John St. to Paramore St. – #841079.10
  • SE Golden Ave. – I-70 to SE 21st St. - #841079.13
  • SW 29th St. - Wanamaker Rd. to Arrowhead Rd. - #841091.05
  • Neighborhood ‐ SE of the SW 21st & SW Indian Hills Rd. Intersection - #841079.05
  • Neighborhood ‐ SW 21st to 29th, Urish to Kingsrow - #841079.04
  • SW 12th St. Project
  • SE Carnahan Ave. – I-70 to 21st St. - #841079.09
  • SW 10th Ave. – SW Urish Rd. to SW Wanamaker Rd. - #701023 and #841091.07
  • SE Quincy St. – SE 6th Ave. to SE 8th Ave. – #601070.00
  • East Topeka North SORT - #601119.01

2024 Highlighted Public Works Project List

This project includes mill and overlay with full-depth patching and curb & gutter replacement as needed. Additionally, there will be select waterline replacement. The project also includes reconstruction of SE 31st St. from Fremont St. to Adams St. with added curb & gutter, storm sewer, and sidewalk.
  • Current Status: Final design
  • Construction Schedule:  2024
  • Budget: $2,640,000
  • Funding:  Citywide half-cent sales tax
  • Contractor:
This project includes mill and overlay with full-depth replacement where needed on NE River Rd. from Crane St. to Emmett St.
  • Current Status: Pending award
  • Construction Schedule: 2024
  • Budget: $1,390,000
  • Funding: Citywide half-cent sales tax
  • Contractor: Sunflower Paving
This project consists of an asphalt mill and overlay on SW Topeka Blvd. from SW 21st St. to SW 29th St. Additional work, where necessary, includes full-depth patching, curb & gutter replacement, and sidewalk ramp replacement.
  • Current Status: Final design
  • Construction Schedule: 2024
  • Budget: $2,000,000
  • Funding: Citywide half-cent sales tax
  • Contractor:
This project will be in the concept design and public engagement phase in 2024.

The future plan is for full pavement reconstruction on SW Huntoon St. from Gage Blvd. to Harrison St. A concept plan is being developed in 2024 to identify the proposed lane configuration as well as additional roadway elements to be included.
  • Current Status: Advertising RFP for concept study
  • Construction Schedule: 2027-2029
  • Budget: $18,600,000
  • Funding: Countywide sales tax
  • Contractor:
This project consists of mill and overlay with full-depth patching and curb and gutter replacement, as warranted.
  • Current Status: Design – Cook, Flatt & Strobel (CFS): Mike Morrissey
  • Construction Schedule: 2024
  • Budget: $400,000
  • Funding: Citywide half-cent sales tax
  • Contractor:
The following roadways are slated for UBAS in 2024: SW/SE 6th Ave. from SW MacVicar Ave. to SE Monroe St.; SE Monroe St. from SE 6th Ave. to SE 10th Ave.; and SE Madison St. from SE 6th Ave. to SE 10th Ave. UBAS is thicker and more robust than microsurfacing and is a better choice for arterial roads.
  • Current Status: In Design
  • Construction Schedule: Spring/Summer 2024
  • Budget: $1,000,000
  • Funding: Citywide half-cent sales tax
  • Contractor:
This project will reconstruct the pavement on Goodyear Rd. between the ramp terminals.
  • Construction Schedule: Spring 2024
  • Budget: $495,000
  • Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
  • Contractor: Bettis Asphalt
This is a mill and overlay project with some full-depth patches, as needed. It also includes replacement of select curb & gutter, sidewalk, and storm sewer sections.
  • Construction Status: Under construction; Top lift surface from SW Plass to SW MacVicar completed; shut down for winter
  • Construction Schedule: To be complete in 2024
  • Budget: $780,000
  • Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
  • Contractor: Bettis Asphalt
This project includes a mill and overlay with some full-depth patches, as needed.
  • Current Status: To be advertised for letting in November 2023
  • Construction Schedule: Early 2024, to be completed in 2024
  • Budget: $1,390,000
  • Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
  • Contractor:

Contact the Public Works Department

If you want to connect with us – whether reporting a problem or simply asking a question – visit SeeClickFix online, or call us at 785-368-3801.