Topeka officials begin downtown project


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Civic and government leaders in Topeka have broken ground on a revitalization project they hope brings new activity to the core of the capital city.

A ceremony was held Monday morning to start the project along Kansas Avenue east of the Statehouse.

City leaders have spent the past five years developing the $5.8 million project. Elements include wider sidewalks, streetscapes and updated utilities.

Construction will start on the northbound lanes of Kansas Avenue. The work is to be completed by October 2015.

Numerous private-sector projects are planned along the corridor that will be financed by private donations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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