• SW 12th Street will close to through traffic west of Washburn beginning on January 3rd, weather permitting. The official detour will be SW Lane to SW 10th to SW Gage and back to SW 12th Street. At side streets, two or three intersection closures will happen at a time during underground utility construction, which is for water, wastewater and stormwater placements. 

  • November 2022 is the estimated date of completion for the entire 12th Street project. 

  • CLICK HERE to read the latest on road closures as the 12th Street Project progresses. 



  • Reverse angle parking can seem intimidating at first, but after a few tries with these three simple steps, you'll be parking like a pro in no time. Weekend workshops are also planned in the near future for City of Topeka residents to practice their reverse angle parking, in anticipation of upcoming changes to 12th Street.

  • So how can you reverse park in 3 easy steps? Read below or WATCH THE DEMONSTRATION VIDEO Oak Park, Michigan created to educate residents during a roadway redesign project.

    • When you spot an empty reverse parking stall, turn on your right turn signal.

    • Pull forward, just in front of the stall, and stop.

    • Turn your wheel and reverse to park.


When construction concludes on the 12th Street project, a variety of trees will be planted along the corridor to add shade and aesthetic value. Want to know which trees will go where?


  • The stretch of roadway from South Kansas to Washburn will have curb, gutter and asphalt installed by late November or early December and it will be open to traffic at that point. However, some sidewalk and shared use path work will likely continue into the winter. This is because concrete is able to be cured during winter months, but asphalt must be laid prior to winter months. In the interests of pedestrian safety, crosswalks will be repaired at Topeka Boulevard and all lanes will be open to through traffic as well.

  • The SW 12th Street Reconstruction Project is underway as of March 1 between S. Kansas Avenue and SW Washburn. The 12th and SW Topeka Blvd. intersection will remain open north, south and east. This year's construction will be done in two phases: S. Kansas to SW Western, then SW Western to SW Washburn. Construction in 2022 will be between SW Washburn and SW Gage. Expect some utility and tree work along 12th, west of Washburn to Gage in 2021. 


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