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Stopped semi slows traffic early Friday on I-70 in downtown Topeka

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 6:31 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A stopped semi-trailer slowed traffic for more than an hour Friday morning on Interstate 70 in downtown Topeka.

The semi was reported to have stopped shortly before 5 a.m. Friday in the right westbound lane of the Polk-Quincy Viaduct on I-70, where the highway passes above S.W. Jackson Street.

Topeka police spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker said the semi was having “mechanical issues” when it came to a stop.

The semi stopped about three blocks west of the “S” curve that takes westbound traffic on I-70 from north to west on the northern edge of downtown Topeka. There are no shoulders on that portion of the highway.

Spiker said Topeka police assisted with traffic control from around 4:50 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. Friday in that area of I-70.

A Topeka police officer was stopped along westbound I-70 near S.E. 3rd Street with its emergency lights flashing to move traffic to the left lane ahead of the northern-most part of the “S” curve.

Authorities said the incident was cleared around 6:25 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

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