Topeka construction projects may slow down daily commutes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two construction projects in Topeka may slow down people on their way to work or school.

Those who take Highway 40 from Shawnee to Douglas County might want to leave their homes a few minutes early. The Kansas Dept. of Transportation is doing mill and overlay work on the highway, just east of the K-4 Junction in Shawnee County and into Douglas County.

A pilot car will guide you during the day, but K-DOT says you can expect delays up to 15 minutes. The work is expected to finish around mid-September, depending on the weather.

The project costs around $1 million, with the work being done by Hamm Construction Co. out of Perry.

A head's up if you use Branner Bridge in your commute. The City of Topeka closed it earlier Monday morning for repairs. It should be open by the end of the week.

Officials say you can still walk over the bridge, but watch out for construction equipment.