Roads are opening in Topeka

TOPEKA (KSNT) – State highway crews are racing to beat mother nature to finish on time.

“We just always have to work with what mother nature brings us,” KDOT Public Affairs Manager Kimberly Qualls said.

If you’ve driven on I-70 in Downtown Topeka on Thursday you probably noticed that there’s less construction going on. That’s because repairs to the interstate are finished and the Kansas Department of Transportation is opening up all lanes to the public.

“Right now the contractors working on removing westbound I-70 traffic control cause there was a lot,” Qualls said.

A week from November 14th you’ll also notice construction on U.S. Highway 24 coming to an end.

“We’re going to actually shift traffic in to their eastbound and westbound lanes and it’ll be reduced to one lane at that point in time as they tear out the median,” Qualls said.

Highway 24 is expected to be completely finished and open in a week and a half, weather permitted. More work to eastbound I-70 will be done next Spring.

The other KDOT project in Shawnee County is construction to the blacksmith creek bridge which is behind schedule, it’s expected to be completed early next month.

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