21st & Kansas construction begins next week, expected to last 6 months

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — A construction project starting next week will be causing headaches for drivers along S. Kansas Ave. for more than six months. It is also expected to shut down a major intersection for more several weeks.

Starting Monday, April 23, city engineers will block off both northbound lanes of S. Kansas Ave. from SE 19th Street to 24th Street. The southbound lanes will then be converted into a single lane going in each direction.

Then, on May 29, the day after Memorial Day, crews will close the intersection of S. Kansas Ave. and SE 21st Street altogether. They don't expect it to reopen again until August 10, weather permitting.

The entire project is expected to last until October 19. During the time the 21st and Kansas intersection is not completely closed, the City says both lanes of 21st will remain open, however drivers won't be allowed to turn left.

A detour will be provided during the closure. Southbound drivers will be directed onto 17th Street to Topeka Blvd. where they will turn onto 29th Street and head back to Kansas Ave. Northbound traffic will turn onto 29th and head to Adams where they will turn onto 17th Street and return to Kansas.

The water line work is one of seven upcoming projects outlined by the City earlier this month.