Highway Project May Wash Out Riverfront for a Bit

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A major interstate change may postpone the development of the Kansas riverfront.

A Kansas Department of Transportation engineer met with the Topeka-Shawnee County Riverfront Authority at its meeting Monday. KDOT is conducting initial studies on changing the Polk-Quincy viaduct, the I-70 curve through Downtown Topeka. If work on the viaduct started today, KDOT says it may take ten years to complete. They say that would affect riverfront plans.

Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten says the authority will continue planning with the I-70 project in mind.

'We'll get all these things together and we'll bring it for the people of this city and see if they think it's a good idea to invest in or not," he said.

KDOT says it plans to meet with the city in the next month to discuss how it will use federal money for the interstate study.

Meantime, the Riverfront Authority looks to have a plan for the development this summer.

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