Construction On NW 46th To Launch In March

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Developers are hoping a $3.2 million project will give a busy stretch of road north of Topeka a more urbanized look.

Shawnee County Public Works officials held an open house Monday night at Seaman High School to outline the timeline for a project to widen a stretch of Northwest 46th Street to three lanes and add single lane roundabouts at the Rochester Road and Topeka Boulevard intersections.

The project will be done in two phases. During the first, NW 46th will be closed from March to July from the Soldier Township fire station to NW Topeka Boulevard. When that's done, the second phase will close NW 46th from the fire station to Rochester Road through November.

A temporary stoplight will be installed at NW 50th and Topeka Blvd. during the project.

While the added sidewalks, curb and gutter enhancements will give the area a modernized look, Public Works Director Tom Flanagan says the improvements will also increase safety. He added the area was targeted for upgrades due to growth in that area of the county.

Half the the project will be funded through Shawnee County sales tax dollars and the other half from the county's general fund.