December 1, 2023

Bartlett & West receives City Public Improvement Award

TOPEKA, KS. – Bartlett & West was recently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Kansas for their work on the 12th Street – Gage Boulevard to Kansas Avenue Project. This project competed for the City of Topeka earned the City Public Improvement Award for the 50,000 and above population category.

The 12th Street – Gage Boulevard to Kansas Avenue project involved improvements to a two-lane, one-way roadway for more than 2.5 miles through the heart of central Topeka, KS. The project resulted in a sizable transformation that continues to improve pedestrian accessibility and safety, including the replacement of 1 mile of existing sidewalks with 1.5 miles of new sidewalks, more than 1.5 miles of shared-use paths, a table-top intersection and 1 mile of bike lanes. 

The new roadway included a new asphalt drive lane, concrete parking, turn lanes at four intersections, curb extensions and street lighting, which greatly improved driver and pedestrian safety. New traffic signals were installed where 12th Street intersects with two one-way roadways, facilitating better traffic, cyclist and pedestrian coordination. To enhance the area’s aesthetics, sodding and tree plantings were also installed throughout the corridor. 

All major aspects of this planned three-year construction project were completed and 12th Street was open to traffic in just over two years. Learn more about the project here.