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The I-70 Polk-Quincy Viaduct was constructed in the late 1950s. Since then, bridge condition deteriorated, traffic volumes increased, highway design criteria changed and the surrounding area has undergone development. Join the project team to hear more about plans to replace an aging viaduct and bridges, ease traffic congestion and improve safety.

Property Appraisals and Right-of-Way Acquisition In Progress Now

Property appraisals for the right-of-way acquisition process will begin soon for the Polk-Quincy Viaduct reconstruction project. This project will ease traffic congestion throughout downtown, replace the deteriorating, 58-year-old bridge and flatten the tight curve near 3rd Street, which requires the roadway to move 200 feet to the north. This may require acquisition of private property, including appraisals, just compensation analysis, written offers, payment and relocation if needed. Representatives from the acquisition team, O.R. Colan Associates, will be contacting affected property owners in the upcoming weeks and months.

Right-of-Way Questions?
Mike Jett
Right-of-Way Project Manager
O.R. Colan Associates
(317) 408-9176

Governor Kelly Announces Polk-Quincy Viaduct Construction Set for 2024

Click to enlarge: Fact sheet about the
Polk-Quincy Viaduct reconstruction project. 

Polk-Quincy project display board

On July 8, Governor Laura Kelly announced that eight Expansion and Modernization highway projects in eastern Kansas – totaling more than $297 million investments – have been committed to construction as part of the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan transportation plan.

“These eight highway improvement projects will enhance accessibility and road safety to recruit new businesses and families to eastern Kansas,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Since day one, we’ve honored our commitment to ending the practice of using infrastructure dollars for projects they were never meant for – and instead use these dollars to directly fix our roads, bridges, and expand broadband access. Today’s announcement is further proof that our commitment to good stewardship of these funds is benefitting our communities, taxpayers, and businesses.”

These are the first IKE highway modernization and expansion projects KDOT is committing to construction. Previously, these projects were in the IKE development pipeline. The Polk-Quincy Viaduct reconstruction was the largest project featured at the event on Evergy Plaza in downtown Topeka. 

"We know that economic development and downtown development will be greatly improved by this viaduct," said Brent Trout, Topeka City Manager. "We are excited to move forward with it. This is a great day for the City of Topeka." 

Click to read more about Gov. Kelly's announcement.

Watch the March 3 Public Meeting

The Kansas Department of Transportation hosted a virtual public meeting about the design and timeline for the I-70 Polk-Quincy project on March 3. Watch the 30-minute recorded presentation, followed by audience questions, or click the button to view slides. 

Contact the team at (785) 422-9260 or info@polkquincy.org.