Overnight road work to close Wanamaker Road in Topeka


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – An overnight construction project is expected to close parts of a busy Topeka street next week.

The City of Topeka says sections of SW Wanamaker Road between SW 10th and 17th streets will fully close nightly from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. beginning Sunday evening, Oct. 16, through Thursday morning, Oct. 20 for mill and asphalt overlay work. Marked detours will be provided.

Between the hours of 9 p.m. and about 4 a.m., work will be done in the section of roadway 50 feet north of 17th Street to 50 feet south of 12th Street. Then from about 4 a.m. to 7 a.m., work will be done in the section of roadway between 50 feet south of 12th Street to 50 feet south of 10th Street. Work is being done at night to allow for the least amount of disruption during the full closure.

The work is part of the 2016-2017 SW Wanamaker Road – SW 10th to SW 21st Street Repair Project funded through citywide half cent sales tax funds. The cost of the project is $1.75 million for road work; $640,000 for signal replacements at both the 10th and 21st street intersections; and $185,000 for median construction in the 2200 block. The budget for the waterline replacement between 17th and 21st is $1.2 million.

The road project portion includes some curb, sidewalk, storm inlet, full-depth pavement repairs; side street reconstruction; and a roadway milling with a 2 inch asphalt overlay along Wanamaker.

The project began June 20. All traffic control will be pulled back before the holiday season begins. Work will re-start in the spring. The plan is to have the project completed in early to mid-summer 2017.

A waterline replacement project will also take place between the mall entrance, just south of 17th Street, through the 21st intersection in the southbound lanes before the roadwork is completed. A temporary surface may be placed following installation. A permanent surface would be installed as roadwork reaches completion next year.

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