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.

2023 Highlighted Street Reconstruction and Repair Projects

Major Street Projects

This project is the complete reconstruction of SW 17th - I-470 Bridge to SW MacVicar Ave. over three construction seasons. The new street will be three lanes and include the replacement of the curb and gutter, water main, and storm sewer inlets and pipes. New sidewalk sections will be constructed as well as an 8-10 foot wide shared use path. New street lighting the length of the project will be installed.
Construction Schedule: 2023 - I-470 Bridge to SW Fairlawn Rd.; 2024 - Fairlawn Rd. to SW Gage Blvd.; 2025 - Gage to SW MacVicar Ave.
Budget: $14.6 million
Funding: County Half Cent Sales Tax
Contractor: TBD
Project Website
This project is the complete reconstruction of NW Tyler Street between NW Paramore Street and NW Beverly Street. The new street will remain two lanes but instead of open ditches will have new curb and gutter, a sidewalk on the west side, and an underground stormwater storm water system. NW Tyler - NW Beverly Street to NW Lyman Road was completed in late 2022.
Construction Schedule: Begin late spring or early summer
Budget: $1.85 million – Street only
Funding: G.O. Bonds and Citywide Half Cent Sales Tax
Contractor: TBD
Project Website: https://tylerstreetproject.com/
Project Presentation

Reconstruction Projects – $500,000 or less

This project includes removal and replacement of the asphalt surface as well as subbase reconstruction.
Construction Schedule: TBD
Budget: $500,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project includes removal and replacement of 200 ft. of concrete street.
Construction Schedule: Summer or fall 2023
Budget: $200,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project includes removal and replacement of the alley.
Construction Schedule: Summer 2023
Budget: $117,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project will reconstruct the pavement on Goodyear Rd. between the ramp terminals.
Construction Schedule: Spring/Summer 2023
Budget: $495,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax

Pavement Repair Projects

This project includes a full-depth patch in the middle of the intersection then a mill and overlay.
Construction Schedule: Summer 2023
Budget: TBD
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project includes replacement of damaged and worn concrete panels in the outside northbound lane of Topeka Blvd.
Construction Schedule: Spring or summer 2023
Budget: $75,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project consists of replacing select concrete pavement and curb & gutter in the eastbound lane on 17th St.
Construction Schedule: Spring or summer 2023
Budget: $25,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project includes concrete pavement joint repair and possibly some concrete panel replacements.
Construction Schedule: TBD
Budget: $280,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project includes replacing the median on California just north of the bridge as well as several deteriorated concrete panels in the California/I-70 on-and-off ramp intersection.
Construction Schedule: TBD
Budget: $130,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project includes reconstructing the edge of the road plus a mill and overlay.
Construction Schedule: TBD
Budget: $110,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This project includes replacing concrete pavement in the outside northbound lane of Gage Blvd. in conjunction with a water main replacement project.
Construction Schedule: Spring 2023
Budget: $60,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax

Mill and Overlay Projects

This project is a mill and overlay project with some full-depth patches, as needed.
Construction Schedule: Fall 2023
Budget: $780,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
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 Schedule: Fall 2023
Budget: $780,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
This is a mill and overlay project with some full-depth patches, as needed.
Construction Schedule: Spring 2023
Budget: $530,000
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax

 

Status of 2022 Projects to be Completed in 2023

Major Street Projects

The contractor was given additional time due to complete the job because of supply chain delays and wet weather in the spring of 2022. The last section, Gage Blvd. to Oakley Ave., is currently under construction.

The new roadway will include one traffic lane, one auxiliary lane for on-street parking, deliveries and bus pullouts, and a shared use paths, on-street bike facilities, and a 5' sidewalk. This project also includes improvements to the water, wastewater and storm water conveyance systems.
Revised Construction Schedule: July 2023
Successful Bid Amount: $15.5 million (2021-22)
Funding: County Half Cent Sales Tax, Federal Fund Exchange (FFE), Utility Revenue Bonds.
Contractor: Bettis Asphalt, Inc.
Project Website: https://www.12thstreetproject.org/
This project includes widening the road surface from two lanes to three, new curb and gutter, a sidewalk, a shared use path, street lighting, and an underground stormwater drainage system.
Construction Schedule: SE 41st St. to SE 45th St. will reopen to traffic sometime in the spring after the asphalt plants open and work is completed.
Successful Bid Amount: $4.4 million
Funding: County Half Cent Sales Tax
Contractor: Schmidtlein Excavating Inc.
Project Presentation
Project Handout
Project Postcard
This project includes the complete removal and replacement of pavement, including concrete curb and gutter, on SW 17th St. from Wanamaker Rd. to the I-470 overpass and on SW Westport Dr. from 17th St. to Wanamaker Rd.
Construction Schedule:2023 spring and summer
Funding: City Half Cent Sales Tax
Contractor: Bettis Asphalt
This project will include a mill and overlay and removal and replacement of curb and gutter as needed. The waterline and street construction work are being coordinated with a new traffic safety project on SE Quincy between 6th Street and 8th Street. The expected improvements with this project include new lane configurations, new bulb-outs at crosswalks, and replacing the traffic signal at 7th Street to with Rapid Flashing Beacons (RFBs).
Construction Schedule: 2022-23 winter – Waterline replacement; spring 2023 – Signal, bulbouts and mill & overlay work.
Funding: G.O. Bonds, City Half Cent Sales Tax, and Utility Fund Contractor: Emcon Inc.

Neighborhood Projects

This project includes the removal and replacement of deteriorated curb/gutter, stormwater inlet tops and sidewalks, and full-depth pavement patches and crack repair on select streets.
Construction Schedule: Fall 2022 through spring 2023
Contractor: Bettis Asphalt
Project Contacts During construction: Colton Miller, Bettis – (785) 817-2809 or Chris Willard, City of Topeka – (785) 220-5928.

Project Scope of Work and Schedule
  • Remove and replace deteriorated locations of
    • Curb & gutter
    • Inlet tops
    • Sidewalks
  • Full depth pavement patching and crack repair
  • Mill and overlay of asphalt pavement
  • Other closures as communicated by contractor
Logistics
  • Sidewalk repairs will be spot panel replacements.
  • Some ADA ramps will be replaced.
  • Sprinkler heads affected by curb or sidewalk demolition in the right of way: Contractor shall cut, crimp, and deliver the sprinkler heads to the home owner. It will be the home owner’s responsibility to reinstall them.
  • Cul-de-sac roads shall have access points constructed “half-at-a-time” to maintain access in and out of the cul-de-sac. Single lane two-way traffic will require homeowner etiquette.
  • Mill & Overlay will require complete closure by block. Contractor shall communicate closure days with the homeowners.
Project Contacts - Issues during construction
Contractor – Bettis Asphalt, Inc.
  • Colton Miller – (785) 817-2809 
Or

City of Topeka Construction Inspection
  • Chris Willard – (785) 220-5928
Project Contacts - Project Management or Design questions
Consultant Project Manager – Bartlett & West Engineering
  • Jeff Lolley, P.E. – (785) 272-2252
Project Design Consultant – GBA Consulting
  • Bryan Blizzard, P.E. – (913) 577-8206
Project Manager – City of Topeka
  • Lee Holmes, P.E. – (785) 368-3842
This project includes the removal and replacement of deteriorated curb/gutter and sidewalk sections, and a mill and overlay on select streets.
Remaining Construction Schedule: Spring 2023

This is a map of the Mill & Overlay, Street/Curb/Sidewalk Repair Project. The following information should give a rough overview of what is covered in the map and provide a way for you to reach out for more information if needed.

Mill & Overlay, Street/Curb/Sidewalk Repair Project

Neighborhood Streets bounded by SW 21st Street to SW 29th Street, SW Urish Road to SW Kingsrow Road

Note: The contractor will place door hangers at your address 3 days prior to beginning work on the street/curb/sidewalk adjacent to your property.

For a quick response during construction: City Project Chris Willard, (785)220-5928.

For project design information: Brad Johnson, Project Engineer, (785)408-9413.

Budget: $1.4 million

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.