City, state leadership sign agreement to replace I-70 viaduct in downtown Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. — A joint partnership agreement between Topeka and the state of Kansas will move forward with the I-70 Polk-Quincy Project in Topeka.

On Wednesday, Governor Laura Kelly, Secretary of Transportation 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 Topeka’s Polk-Quincy Viaduct and expand I-70 to six lanes from MacVicar Avenue to Topeka Boulevard.

Work will remove a sharp curve on the viaduct while also making improvements for motorists traveling through or entering the downtown Topeka area.

“As a long-time Topeka resident, I understand the significance of the Polk-Quincy project – and what a game-changer it will be for Topekans and for all those traveling on I-70,” Kelly said. “I am eager to add my name, in representation of this administration and the IKE transportation plan, to the partnership group strengthening the Polk Quincy Viaduct for generations to come.”

The agreement signed Wednesday is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to mark the formal funding partnership between KDOT and the City of Topeka. The agreement commits the partners to cooperatively work towards implementation of the I-70 Polk-Quincy Viaduct Project.

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

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