Construction Updates

June 2016 - Construction Update

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

  • K-32 Bridge Reconstruction (MM 206)
  • Osage County Bridge Reconstruction NB (MM 157.013 & 157.133)
  • Drainage Improvements (MM 116 & 118)
  • Flint Hills Cattle Pen Ramps (MM 110)
  • Drainage Improvements (MM 101.7 & 101.9)
  • East Kellogg Improvements
  • Arkansas River Bridge Project (MM 44)
  • Pavement Surfacing (MM 13-27)

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

Find out more here by opening the report below.

Construction Report - June 2016

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 2020. For additional information, please visit the project web site.

Flint Hills Cattle Pens Ramp Improvements

Construction began in late January 2016 on improvements at the Bazaar Cattle Pens at MM 110.820 on I-35/Turnpike in the Flint Hills. Work includes constructing a diamond interchange, adding acceleration and deceleration lanes, and other drainage and safety improvements. The design also includes a scenic overlook to provide travelers an opportunity to safely pull over and view the Flint Hills. The $3.2 million project is scheduled to be complete by mid-fall 2016, weather permitting.

Bazaar Cattle Pens news release

Osage County Bridge Construction

Construction on four bridges on I-335/KTA near mile marker 157 began March 7, 2016. This two-year project includes reconstructing two bridges at mile marker 157.013 over Dragoon Creek and removing two bridges at mile marker 157.153, over an abandoned railroad track. The northbound creek bridge is expected to be complete in late November, weather permitting. No work or traffic restrictions will occur in winter to accommodate for snow removal and winter driving conditions. The southbound creek bridge will be completed in 2017 as will the removal of the bridges crossing the abandoned rail line.

Osage County Bridge news release


A two-year project to widen and re-deck the Arkansas River Bridges located at mile marker 44 on I-35/Turnpike, in south Wichita, began March 2, 2016. The project includes removal of current decking, sub-structure work to widen the bridges and then re-decking the new bridges. Work on the southbound bridge is expected to be complete in late November 2016, weather permitting. Widening and re-decking of the northbound bridge will occur with a similar schedule in 2017.

Arkansas River Bridge news release

Drainage Improvements in Flint Hills (MM 116 & 118)

Construction to improve drainage south of Emporia at mile marker 116 and 118 on I-35/KTA began March 14, 2016, and will be completed in late November, weather permitting. The project will increase the capacity of current reinforced concrete box culverts beneath the Turnpike to improve drainage near the roadway. Construction started on the southbound side of I-35/KTA. All traffic will use the northbound lanes, between mile markers 115 and 118.3, where there will be a single 11.5-foot lane of traffic in each direction. Following completion of southbound work in July, the northbound side will be constructed with traffic being moved to the opposite side.

Pavement Surfacing

A project to mill and overlay on I-35/KTA from mile markers 13-26.8 will take place July through September 2016.

Drainage Improvements in Flint Hills (MM 101.7 & 101.9)

Work to improve drainage at two additional locations south of Emporia is expected to begin in late June or early July 2016, weather permitting. New reinforced box culverts will be installed at mile markers 101.7 and 101.9 (four miles north of the Matfield Green Service Area.) Construction is scheduled to be complete in March 2017.

KTA Fact

The 236-mile Turnpike was constructed in 22 months and opened to traffic October 25, 1956.