TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's city council Tuesday night took up a $3,800,000 traffic improvement resolution that would reconstruct SW 21st Street from SW Wanamaker Road to SW Urish Road.
Council members voted 6 to 2 to approve the plan, which would widen 21st Street from two lanes to five, with curb gutter, sidewalks and storm drainage facilities.
Council members Chad Manspeaker and Richard Harmon dissented. Councilwoman Denise Everhard was absent.
"I'm just tired of paving roads for county residents," Manspeaker said. "Urish to Wanamaker, county residents use it. 17th Street, county residents use it. This isn't reasonable. We live within the city limits.We should represent and take care of the existing roads within our own city."
Work could start in March and be finished by the end of 2013. Engineers say it's an effort to accommodate anticipated growth in the area, with new subdivisions and new businesses. They say the road will be safer and more usable.
"A lot of city residents do live out those streets now, a lot of areas out 21st Street, 29th Street have been incorporated into the city limits of Topeka," Mike Teply, the city's Director of Development Coordination said.
Voters approved the plan in 2004, to be funded by a countywide half-cent sales tax.