Construction Updates

KDOT K-7/I-70 INTERChange project

In mid-March 2013, a KDOT replacement project began on the Riverview Avenue Bridge spanning over I-70 (MM 224.9) in Wyandotte County. This is the first part of KDOT's ten-phase K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project. Riverview Avenue project work includes replacement of the existing bridge along with the realignment of a section of Riverview Avenue and 122nd Street to accommodate the new longer bridge. For information on this project, including additional impacts to traffic on I-70/Turnpike, please visit the project web site.

Wichita East Kellogg Expansion Project

The City of Wichita, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority are partnering to improve travel in east Wichita. The collaborative plan includes new intersection designs at Webb and Greenwich and improved assess to the Turnpike. The project will be managed in two pieces: the Webb Road intersection (City managed) and the Greenwich to K-96 corridor (KTA managed). All construction is anticipated to be complete in late 2019. For additional information, please visit the project web site.

Reconstruction of Kansas Avenue Bridge

Reconstruction of the Kansas Avenue Bridge in Leavenworth County crossing over the Turnpike/I-70 near mile marker 221 began Monday, March 16, 2015. Construction on the bridge is expected to be complete in late November, weather permitting. The bridge will be closed to traffice until that time.

Kansas Avenue Bridge news release

Flint Hills Cattle Pens Improvement Project Begins

Construction at the Bazaar Cattle Pens, one of 44 projects included in the Kansas Turnpike’s recently released Long Term Needs Study, begins this week. Throughout the duration of the project, the cattle pen area is closed to the traveling public. The $3.2 million project is scheduled to be complete by mid-fall 2016, weather permitting.

Bazaar Cattle Pens news release

Construction Update - January 2016

Read updates about our three active construction projects (listed below) in the monthly report from David Jacobson, KTA’s Director of Engineering.

  • Kansas Avenue Bridge (MM 221)
  • K-32 Bridge Reconstruction (MM 206)
  • Cattle Pen Ramps (MM 110)
  • East Kellogg Improvements
  • A Look Ahead

Equally important but not as time-intensive are KTA’s roadway maintenance activities.

Find out more here by opening the report below.

Construction Updates January 2016

KTA Fact

SPEED LIMIT CHANGES
1956 - 1957
Reasonable and Prudent

1957 - 1970
80 mph Maximum
40 mph Minimum

1970 - 1974
75 mph Maximum - Day
70 mph Maximum - Night
40 mph Minimum

1974 - 1987
55 mph Maximum

May 1987
65 mph on rural interstates
55 mph through town of 50,000 or more and from Emporia to Topeka

October 1987
Emporia to Topeka re-classified as I-335 and now 65 mph

1993
65 mph around Wichita & Topeka

1996
70 mph from Oklahoma line to I-70/435. 65 mph from I-70 to 18th St.

1997
Entire Turnpike changed to 70 mph

2011
Turnpike from K-7 near Bonner Springs south to Oklahoma border changed to 75 mph