City Council To Vote On Kansas Ave. Budget

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email
Rescue runners enjoy the Christmas Lights as they run down Kansas Avenue.

Rescue runners enjoy the Christmas Lights as they run down Kansas Avenue.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka City Council members will decide on Tuesday (5/15) whether to approve a multimillion dollar budget for redesigning S. Kansas Avenue.

Council members will be asked to approve a $4 million budget for the project, that's slated for improvements to Kansas Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, and surrounding median work. $600 thousand of the budget will come from the city-wide half-cent sales tax fund, and last year, council members approved a $1 million budget for the first phase of the project.

The state motto "ad astra per aspera" or "to the stars through difficulty," is the theme of the redesign. The plan includes reducing the street from five to three lanes, adding light, landscaping, art, and a public plaza.

You can see the plan at activatetheavenue.com.

City of Topeka officials want to get the word out on half-cent sales tax street projects in the works.

A public meeting is slated for Monday night (5/14), from 4 to 7 p.m., at the city's Holliday building, 620 SE Madison.

City staff will be on hand to answer questions during the meeting, which will be an open-house format.

A listing of all of the projects can be found at topeka.org under the penny icon.


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