From the City Manager's Desk

June 4, 2018

Road Construction Update

o Work continues on SW 6th Street between Gage and Fairlawn. Asphalt finishing up on the west end this week and a large portion of the old pavement on the next phase (between Chalet and Westchester) has been removed.
o Work continues on the 21st & Kansas and the 29th & Burlingame Intersections.   The intersection of 21st and Kansas was closed on Tuesday and detour routes posted.  Complete closure expected to last through the middle of August.
o Work continues on SW 49th between Topeka Blvd and Wenger Road.  Concrete was placed for both the east and west through lanes this week.  Once this concrete cures, the center lane we be placed.
o Work continues on the Central Park Neighborhood Project, Phase 2.
o Work started on SE Adams between 29th and 33rd this week.  Road is closed but access to Post Office will be maintained during construction. Currently it can be accessed from SE 29th.
o Work started on Huntoon/Arvonia/470 this week.  An access road for the apartments is being constructed ahead of the planned closure of the ramp/intersection on June 4th.
o Working on alley approaches in Old Town as part of the focus area.
o Full depth pavement patching and 2018 curb replacement underway
Street Project Startup and Major Phase Changes:
o   SW Gage from 21st to 25th scheduled to start on June 18th.
o   The intersection of 21st and Kansas scheduled to be completely closed starting on May 29th.
o   Microsurfacing scheduled to start in June.

Sea Lion Splash 

The Sea Lion Splash at the Topeka Zoo is open. Three shows take place daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A special show takes place on Thursdays after the zoo has closed at 6:30 p.m. for a $5 admission. All proceeds from that show will go towards Camp Cowabunga Construction. The Sea Lion Splash exhibit will be here until June 17th. For more information check out the Topeka Zoo's website. 

Water Line Work 

Extreme temperatures can cause the ground to shift and water lines to break. The unusually hot temperatures in May has caused some water line breakage.
There were fifty water line breaks in the month of May with 225 breaks year to date. 
Check out this video to see how water lines are repaired. 

 Recent Updates 

Budget Workshop 

The Budget and Performance Division continues to build the 2019 proposed budget. The budget calendar can be found at  The first budget workshop will be Saturday, June 16th at 9 a.m. in the Law Enforcement Center.

Fire Department Survey 

Topeka Fire is looking to get feedback on their services. They have created a short survey to post on social media which you can take here:

Topeka Zoo Giraffe Cam

Abi the Giraffe is expected to give birth to her calf soon. You can check out the live giraffe camera's at the Topeka Zoo here:

Coming up

  • City Council Meeting, June 5th at 6 p.m. 
  • Budget Workshop, June 16th at 9 a.m. in the Law Enforcement Center. 
  • Sea Lion Splash exhibit will be at the Topeka Zoo from May 26th to June 17th.
  • Coffee On Your Corner, Wednesday, June 20th, "Neighborhood Health Map", Juli's ,110 SE 8th Avenue.


Brent Trout 

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