TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - You can expect a five-month detour in North Topeka this summer and fall.
KDOT held a public open house Tuesday night to detail the bridge replacement project for the U.S. 24 / North Topeka Boulevard interchange.
The bridge, built in 1941, will be demolished, and replaced.
The $2.3 million project includes demolishing the existing bridge, resurfacing all interchange ramps, and re-paving lanes leading up to the bridge. No changes will be made to the cloverleaf interchange or on Topeka Boulevard.
During the project, U.S. 24 traffic will get through on shooflies, but Topeka Boulevard traffic must detour around, and won't be able to get on the highway.
The project will be completed in three phases. During the first phase, crews will construct the temporary shooflies that eastbound and westbound traffic will have to use once the bridge is closed. Traffic will still be able to use the bridge during this time. Topeka Boulevard will be closed to all through traffic around the bridge.
During the second phase, crews will construct new pavement on both sides of the bridge between the outer and loop ramps. Traffic will use the shoofly detours at this time. North and southbound traffic on Topeka Boulevard will have to use the marked detours through local city streets. The loop ramps will be resurfaced during phase two.
During the third and final phase, the new bridge will be open to all traffic. Crews will remove the shoofly detours on north and south sides of the bridge. The outer ramps will remain closed for resurfacing work, but the loop ramps and Topeka Boulevard will be open to traffic.
Work will begin in June. It's scheduled to be completed by mid-November.