TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The City of Topeka says that on December 15, the they will reach a significant transportation and financial milestone: It will make its last payment of $3,080,525 to pay off the Topeka Boulevard Bridge.
“I want to thank the citizens of Topeka and Shawnee County, who voted for the half-cent sales tax that made this bridge possible,” said Mayor Larry Wolgast.
Wolgast says this is an example of their residents responding to a significant need in the community.
“We invite you Dec. 15 to celebrate our final payment on this landmark structure, and your vision and vote that helped us get here.”
To celebrate the milestone, the City has scheduled a walk across the sidewalks of the bridge, starting at Noon from NOTO on Dec. 15. Each participant in the 2.4 mile (or 1.2 mile, depending on where you stop) will receive a complimentary button and free hot chocolate, courtesy of Topeka Hy-Vee.
This new Topeka Boulevard Bridge has been open to traffic for more than eight years, opening Aug. 4, 2008. According to the City, the original Topeka Avenue Bridge, however, opened to traffic more than 78 years ago, on Sept. 1, 1938.
Construction of the new bridge spanned more than two years, and the total cost of the project was set at $51.1 million. This was one of the projects included in the countywide half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2004.