About KTA

Maintenance, Service & Safety

KTA makes repairs and upgrades on a consistent basis in order to keep the roadway in a sound and safe condition. Those investments are funded through tolls and proceeds from revenue bond issues. Ultimately, toll revenue from Turnpike customers funds all operating and bond debt-service costs.The Turnpike contracts with business partners for the operations at six service areas. These partners provide fuel, food and other products and services expected by today’s travelers.

A few of the Turnpike’s safety features include:

  • median barrier to prevent crossover accidents
  • limited access to reduce merging traffic
  • 51 uniformed Highway Patrol Troopers
  • rumble strips on both the inside and outside shoulders, as well as prior to three mainline toll plazas

The State Farm Safety Assist is available to help customers needing mechanical assistance or information. The program runs between Memorial Day and Labor Day at the following times and locations:

  • I-35 between Wichita and the Oklahoma border
  • I-70 between Topeka and Bonner Springs
  • Monday - Friday, 6-10 am and 3-7 pm
  • Sunday, 3-7 pm


The following brochures provide Turnpike information 'at a glance', an executive summary of a more in-depth Long Term Needs study, and additional information on toll funding. Click the image to download a pdf.

Executive Summary Brochure Using tolls to support infrastructure - Report Section 1 Using tolls to support infrastructure - Report Section 2 Using tolls to support infrastructure - Report Section 3 Using tolls to support infrastructure - Report Section 4 Using tolls to support infrastructure - Report Appendixes Is there a role for tolls in Kansas? Tolling most Frequently Asked Questions Bridging the transportation funding gap: a quick reference

Our Mission

The Kansas Turnpike Authority's mission is to provide safe, high-quality transportation services to our customers.



Kansas Turnpike Authority


236 miles from Kansas City, Kansas, to the Oklahoma border south of Wichita

Service Areas

Six: near Lawrence, Topeka, Emporia, Matfield Green, Towanda and Belle Plaine

Number of Interchanges

Started with 14 and currently have 22

Traffic (2012)

35,596,150 vehicles

Net Toll Revenue (2012)

$87.5 million

Legislation passed

April 7, 1953

Ground Breaking

December 31, 1954

Opened to Traffic

October 25, 1956

Avg Passenger Trip

38 miles

Avg Commercial Trip

63 miles