Hwy. 24 Cloverleaf Stays, Management Plan On Hold

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - It's official - North Topeka will keep its cloverleaf.

The Kansas Department of Transportation issued the final decision Tuesday on the North Topeka Boulevard and Hwy. 24 intersection. KDOT will replace the existing bridge and improve the Hwy. 24 pavement. The remainder of the cloverleaf will stay as-is.

The work is tentatively scheduled for 2013.

KDOT's decision comes after the Topeka City Council voted in March against $1.5 million in funding for an alternative plan that would have created an at-grade signal for the intersection.

However, KDOT also announced Tuesday that it's suspending work on the Hwy. 24 Corridor Management Plan.

After four years, they say there's no consensus on an overall vision for the highway from K-4 to Menoken Road in Shawnee County. KDOT says it's willing to resume the planning process in the future when there is greater consensus and understanding among the study plan partners.

KDOT says it will publish the findings of its work so far on its web site.

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