Part of Topeka Boulevard in downtown to open as other lanes close

Ongoing construction of S.W. Topeka Boulevard in downtown will take small step forward next week.


Construction of the boulevard between S.W. 7th and S.W. 10th will be completed by Monday and the right lane of northbound traffic between S.W. 10th and 11th streets will close for reconstruction, the city of Topeka said Friday. The southeast quadrant of the 10th and Topeka intersection will also be closed.

Through traffic will continue to be allowed in all directions but left turns are prohibited. Right turns for northbound traffic will not be allowed at 10th Street because of the tight turning radius.

The project is expected to last 6 weeks.

Those who park in the State of Kansas parking lot located in the southeast corner of S.W. 10th and S.W. Topeka Blvd. will enter from Harrison. A detour will run from 9th Street or any intersections north of 9th, east to Harrison St, then south to the lot entrance.

The Topeka Boulevard project is on its second construction season. The east half of Topeka Boulevard between 7th and 10th streets was replaced in 2016 following an $805,000 waterline replacement project. The project is expected to cost a total of $2.3 million with funding coming from the citywide half-cent sales tax, bonds and both the water utility operating fund and storm water utility fund.