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ROAD CLOSURES AND REOPENINGS

  • Starting the morning of Thursday, May 5th, all intersections along SW 12th Street from SW Garfield Ave. to SW Watson Ave. will close to through traffic. Then, beginning the morning of Thursday, May 12th, all intersections along SW 12th Street from SW Garfield Ave. to SW Gage Blvd. will close to through traffic. This does not including a closure of the SW Gage Blvd. intersection. These closures are for utility and roadway improvements, and are expected to remain in place until the fall of 2022.

  • SW 12th Street was closed to through traffic west of SW Washburn Ave. on January 3rd. The official detour is SW Lane St. to SW 10th Ave. to SW Gage Blvd. and back to SW 12th Street. 

  • 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 PARKING

  • 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.

TREE PLANTING PLANS

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?
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CONSTRUCTION PHASING

  • 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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