Read updates about our active construction projects (listed below) in the monthly report from David Jacobson, KTA’s Director of Engineering.
Equally important but not as time-intensive are KTA’s roadway maintenance activities.
Find out more here by opening the report below.Construction Report - April 2016
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.
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 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
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 on four bridges on I-335/KTA near mile marker 157 will begin on 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, will begin March 2. 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, weather permitting. Widening and re-decking of the northbound bridge will occur with a similar schedule in 2017.Arkansas River Bridge news release
Construction to improve drainage south of Emporia at mile marker 116 and 118 on I-35/KTA is set to begin the week of 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 will begin on the southbound side of I-35/KTA. All traffic will use the northbound lanes, between mile markers 116 and 118.3, where there will be a single 11.5-foot lane of traffic in each direction. Following completion of southbound work, the northbound side will be constructed with traffic being moved to the opposite side.
There are historical markers at some of the Service Areas that show areas of interest. The Turnpike crosses the historic Santa Fe Trail near milepost 155 and the Oregon Trail near milepost 189.