Demolition begins so downtown Topeka viaduct may be realigned

Demolition is underway for the first of the buildings being torn down to make way for downtown Topeka’s Polk-Quincy Viaduct to be rebuilt and realigned.

A contractor on Sept. 7 began tearing down the house at 135 SW Van Buren, where work is being done this week to remove the foundation, said Kate Craft, a spokeswoman for KDOT.

KDOT had initially planned for workers to begin tearing down houses in June. That was moved back to July, then to mid-August before began this month.

What will the viaduct project do?

The viaduct project seeks to improve safety by replacing and flattening out Interstate 70’s sharp curve near SE 3rd Street by moving to the north much of the highway that currently runs to the west of that curve.

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