KDOT Issues Construction Alerts for Football Commuters

Collin Klein

Sept. 13, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Transportation issued a traffic update Thursday for fans traveling to Saturday's football game with North Texas, detailing the ongoing construction projects from Topeka westward to Manhattan that will impact gameday commuting. KDOT is advising fans to expect delays through the project work zones and allow extra travel time to Manhattan.

The major change fans may encounter from last week is repair work on the bridge over the Big Blue River just east of the Manhattan city limits on US-24.  Westbound traffic is reduced to one lane and motorists are being directed across the bridge via cones and signage.  KDOT noted that unlike last week for the Miami game, the bridge will not be reopened to two lanes of traffic due to the type of repair work taking place on the bridge deck.  The project is scheduled to be completed in late October.

Also this week, work began to replace two bridges closest to K-99 on K-18 approximately a mile east of Wabaunsee.  The full closure of K-18 has resulted in a marked detour north on K-99, then west on US-24 and then back to K-18.  This project will be ongoing until late fall 2013.

Westbound I-70 from Valencia Road to K-30 (Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties) will be reopened to two lanes of traffic beginning late Friday evening through early Sunday morning for gameday traffic. On Sunday morning, westbound I-70 from Valencia Road to K-30 will again be reduced to one lane of traffic for pavement repair work.

For fans traveling eastbound on I-70, five bridges in the Topeka area – including MacVicar Avenue, MoPac Railroad (between 10th Street & Adams Street interchanges), Washington Street and Deer Creek/Carnahan Avenue (in downtown Topeka) – will be reduced to one lane though three separate work zones beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, and reopening to all traffic at 6 a.m., Monday.  In addition, the Adams Street to eastbound I-70 entrance ramp will be closed during this same timeframe. Traffic will be directed through the work zone via cones and signage.

One lane in both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-470 from 21st Street to east of Gage Boulevard (in west Topeka) will be closed for pavement repair work beginning at 7 p.m., Friday and reopening to all traffic at 6 a.m., Monday.

Eastbound and westbound US-24 over the railroad track bridges (east of Goodyear Plant in north Topeka) is reduced to one lane each direction approximately one-half mile on either side of both bridges for repair work.

Eastbound and westbound US-24 from Grantville Road to K-237 (Shawnee & Jefferson Counties) is reduced to one lane each direction for pavement reconstruction work throughout the project duration.
Eastbound and westbound US-24 over the Bourbanis Creek and Ensign Creek bridges (located between Silver Lake and west of Rossville in Shawnee County) will be reduced to one lane for both directions this weekend.  Traffic will be directed across both bridges via traffic signals at either end of the bridges.
Those traveling to Manhattan from the west are reminded of the reconstruction of K-18 reducing the highway to a single lane in each direction from Wildcat Creek Road on the west to Seth Child Road on the east. 

K-State hosts North Texas at 6 p.m., Saturday in a sold-out matchup that marks the end of the Wildcats’ season-opening three-game homestand prior to beginning Big 12 Conference play September 22 at Oklahoma.

All parking lots around Bill Snyder Family Stadium open five hours prior to kickoff.  Parking in the east and west lots of the stadium is reserved for members of the Ahearn Fund and requires a pass for entry.  Paid parking for fans with disabilities is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the east and west stadium lots. To gain entry, guests must display a state-issued accessible license plate or hangtag and present a disability card along with a form of personal identification.  All other general public parking is limited to grass parking in Lot 9 east of the stadium, in the paved lot of the Peters Recreation Center or in private satellite lots and parking areas on campus.  General public parking fees are $20 for cars.

Additional public parking is available near the Equine Center north and east of the fire station on Denison Avenue and north of the sheep grazing lot on Denison.  Fans coming to the stadium from the east who find the satellite lots full along Kimball Avenue may access the Equine and sheep lots by turning north on College Avenue to Marlatt Avenue, then south on Denison.