Safety is top priority on U.S. 75/N.W. 46th Street
Jan. 29, 2002 (Release 02-007)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Kim Stich, (785) 296-3585
U.S. 75/N.W. 46th Street reconstruction
Safety. Itís a small word with a big meaning
Maintaining the safety of the traveling public is KDOTís top priority. Working
with business and home owners to provide as much access as possible during a
construction project is also very important but, ultimately, it all comes back
Reconstruction work on the U.S. 75/N.W. 46th Street intersection
just north of Topeka is scheduled to begin this summer. For approximately three
months, 46th Street traffic will not be able to cross U.S. 75. In
addition, access to and from 46th Street to U.S. 75 will be restricted.
Through traffic on U.S. 75 will not be affected during these three months. The
entire project is expected to take about 1Ĺ years to complete, weather permitting.
Early in the planning process, KDOT designers thought it would be possible
to keep 46th Street open across U.S. 75 during the entire project.
Further review showed that allowing through traffic on 46th Street
would create an unsafe situation, making it necessary for the three-month closure.
Once finished, the project will replace the existing signalized intersection
with an interchange that will allow free flow of through traffic on both U.S.
75 and N.W. 46th Street as well as free flowing movements from one
road to the other. A roundabout will be constructed on N.W. 46th
Street to provide the free flow condition. The completed project will result
in a safer, more efficient transportation system that will accommodate the predicted
doubling of traffic volumes over the next 20 years.
KDOT understands that this reconstruction project will be an inconvenience
and appreciates the patience of all motorists, home owners and business owners.
This page last updated 01/31/02