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Office of Public Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs. The office is charged with executing internal and external communications for the Department of Administration, including contact with media, assisting with Kansas Open Records Act requests and coordinating with other agency public information officers. The agency publishes a monthly newsletter, Connected, that is distributed to all Department of Administration employees.

The office also serves as the legislative liaison between the agency and the Kansas Legislature. The office works with legislators, the governor's office and other state agencies on policy matters and provides information to help guide decisions.

South Steps FridaysIn addition, the Office of Public Affairs coordinates the annual South Steps Fridays at the Kansas Statehouse. The event, complete with live music, provided through a partnership with the University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, and a variety of informational displays, provides a venue for visiting the beautiful and historic Kansas Statehouse and kick off the weekend. Learn about exciting and diverse Kansas attractions and organizations. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday from the end of May until early August.  The events and space for providing information booths are free of charge.

Contact:
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866

Visiting Topeka
If you are planning a trip to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse or other state office buildings, you can download a copy of the map of the area, including a location of state agencies housed in the Capitol Complex. Enjoy your visit. 

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News releases

Traffic around Capitol Complex affected by construction on Kansas Avenue

May 30, 2014

Kansas Avenue in downtown Topeka is undergoing extensive construction, which will affect traffic around the Capitol Complex. Please see the following information, provided by the City of Topeka.

Traffic:
The east side of the avenue is closed for improvements in 2014.  Two-way traffic is still available from 6th to 10th Streets, but no left turns are allowed in that stretch.

 The east side is expected to be completed in November.  Crews will begin work on the west side of the avenue in April 2015.

traffic cones, sign 'Road Closed'Parking:
On-street, metered parking is available on the west side of Kansas Avenue from 6th to 10th Street, and on the side streets.  Just ask your Downtown merchant for a parking voucher.

You can also get two hours of parking free in the following City Parking Garages when you shop Downtown.

Park free during Kansas Avenue construction in the following garages:

  • Townsite Plaza Garage 110 SE 6th Street:  6:00 a.m. Saturday – 1:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Park-N-Shop Garage 615 SE Quincy:  6:00 a.m. Saturday – 1:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Centre City Garage 825 SW Kansas Ave:  6:00 a.m. Saturday – 1:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Crosby Place Garage 108 SW 8th Street:  6:00 a.m. Saturday – 1:00 a.m. Sunday

Project Schedule:
Phase I – 2014 – East side of Kansas Avenue from 6th to 10th Streets

  • Demolition: May to June
  • Underground Utilities: May to August
  • Surface Pavement & Sidewalks: July to November
  • Street Lighting & Power: June to November

November 2014 – March 2015

  • Provide temporary pavement and traffic control as needed to winterize project

April 2015 – November 2015

  • Construct west half of Kansas Ave from 6th to 10th Ave
  • Provide two-way traffic in new northbound lanes (east half of Kansas Ave)
  • Provide two-way traffic in new northbound lanes (east half of Kansas Ave)

 For more information:
Visit us online at www.topeka.org/kansasavenueproject.