City and state leaders sign deal to replace Topeka’s Polk Quincy Viaduct

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – A joint partnership agreement between Topeka and the state will progress with the I-70 Polk-Quincy project in the capital.

On Wednesday, Governor Laura Kelly, Transport Secretary Julie Lorenz and Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla signed an agreement outlining roles, responsibilities and commitments to complete the infrastructure project.

The project will replace the Polk-Quincy Viaduct in Topeka and extend the six-lane I-70 from MacVicar Avenue to Topeka Boulevard. The works will remove a steep curve on the viaduct while providing improvements for motorists crossing or entering the city center.

“As a long-time resident of Topeka, I understand the importance of the Polk-Quincy Project – and what a change it will change for Topekans and for everyone who travels on I-70,” Governor Kelly said. “I look forward to adding my name, representing this administration and the IKE transport plan, to the partnership group strengthening the Polk Quincy Viaduct for generations to come.”

The agreement signed on Wednesday is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to mark the official funding partnership between KDOT and the city of Topeka. The agreement commits the partners to work cooperatively on the implementation of the I-70 Polk-Quincy viaduct project.

Other organizations represented in the partnership include Shawnee County, the Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization, the Topeka-Shawnee County Riverfront Authority, the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Greater Topeka Partnership.

For more information on the Polk-Quincy viaduct project, Click here.


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