TOPEKA -- Beginning at 7:00 Monday morning, the City says Southwest Wanamaker Road from 29th to 37th streets will be closed to through traffic until December for a widening project.
To accommodate access to the area during construction, the widening project will be broken into three phases. Phase I will improve SW Wanamaker Road from SW 33rd Street to SW 30th Terrace. Phase II will include SW 33rd Street south to SW 35th Street and also the east half of the roadway from SW 30th Terrace north to SW 29th Street. Phase III will complete the new roadway from SW 35th to SW 37th Street and the west half of the roadway from SW 30th Terrace north to SW 29th Street. Each section of SW Wanamaker Road will remain open to local traffic until its phase of construction and then will re-open to local traffic after construction is completed.
All properties adjacent to the project will have access during construction but it may require the use of the detour route or temporary roads and driveways. The detour route for the project will be east on SW 37th Street from SW Wanamaker Road to SW Fairlawn Road, north on SW Fairlawn Road to SW 29th Street, then west on SW 29th Street back to SW Wanamaker Road.
The improvements for the widening project will include five-lanes of pavement with curb and gutter, an underground storm sewer system to collect storm water runoff, walkways on both sides of SW Wanamaker Road, a pedestrian signal crossing at SW 34th Terrace, bridge widening, and street lighting.
Work had already started in the area. In preparation for the project, utility companies spent mild winter days since the first of January relocating their utility lines. The project is funded by the Federal Fund Exchange Program through the Kansas Department of Transportation.