New U.S. 75/N.W. 46th Street interchange
opens Aug. 12
August 11, 2003 Release 03-110
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Kim Stich or Stan Whitley, (785) 296-3585
New U.S. 75/N.W. 46th Street interchange opens Aug.
The new U.S. 75/N.W. 46th Street interchange north of Topeka will open to
traffic almost three weeks ahead of schedule by the end of the day Tuesday,
Aug. 12, weather permitting.
The Kansas Department of Transportation and the contractor, Hamm Companies of
Perry, worked together to complete this project as quickly as possible to minimize
inconvenience to the traveling public.
“The opening of the 46th Street interchange is the culmination of more
than $40 million of highway improvement projects along the U.S. 75 corridor
beginning at I-70 and continuing north that will effectively serve motorists
for many years to come,” said Topeka Metro Engineer Jerry Younger.
“The new interchange is a remarkable success story, considering the volume
and magnitude of work that has been completed in just over a year,” he
said. “An important factor in that success was the willingness of local
businesses and residents to accept a short-term loss of access to U.S. 75 last
year in return for full access during the remainder of the project. Our contractor
also deserves a lot of credit for opening the project weeks ahead of the date
required in the contract.”
This project replaces the former signalized intersection with an interchange
that will allow free flow of traffic on both U.S. 75 and N.W. 46th Street as
well as free flowing movements from one road to the other. The new interchange
features approximately 40,000 square feet of retaining walls and two U.S. 75
bridges that are 427 feet long.
Nearly 28,000 vehicles used the roundabout daily during construction with little
or no delay. KDOT appreciates the patience of all motorists, home owners and
business owners during the construction work and reminds everyone to continue
paying extra attention while driving on the highway or roundabout.