6th Avenue construction complete in Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The City of Topeka says that after two construction seasons, 6th Avenue between Fairlawn and Wanamaker will be open to the public Friday.

The City says drivers can begin using the road starting Friday afternoon.

The project involved widening SW 6th Avenue from two lanes to three as well as improving curbs, gutters and the roundabout at 6th and Wanamaker. The project also involved adding sidewalks on both sides of the road, including a 10-foot-wide path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Topeka Public Works Director Jason Peek says the completion of this project paves the way for improving Topeka’s streets.

The first phase of the project – from Fairlawn to east of the I-70 bridge – was under construction from July 6, 2015, through Oct. 30, 2015. The second phase – Wanamaker to west of the I-70 bridge – began March 7, 2016. According to its contract, the road had to be finished by Oct. 14 and substantially completed by Sept. 30. The only remaining work will be to complete sodding around the sidewalks.

The project cost to date is $3.1 million from the citywide half-cent sales tax.



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