Unstable ground leads to closure of NB Fairlawn between 25th and 28th Sts.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- City officials shut down a stretch of SW Fairlawn Rd. on Tuesday afternoon and expect it to be closed for approximately a week and a half.

Both northbound lanes and one of the southbound lanes of Fairlawn are closed between SW 25th St. and 28th St. While that leaves a single southbound lanes open, drivers heading north will be detoured onto SW Gage Blvd.

City officials say the closure came after workers found unstable ground around a manhole that was being replaced. The contractor is expected to remove the manhole on Wednesday. At that point, officials hope to have a better timeline for when Fairlawn can reopen.

"Once we know the extent of the sand backfill and the pavement undercutting, we can determine repair options and a timeline for restoring northbound traffic,” Robert Bidwell, project manager for the City, said.

The contractor discovered the unstable ground as crews began their work replacing a 48-inch stormwater pipe and three manholes in the area. Officials expect that overall project to wrapped up by the end of January.