Kansas sometimes has mild winters, which can allow maintenance and construction crews to work on projects year-round. In an effort to continually improve the turnpike, the following are our larger projects. Short-term or temporary projects may not be listed here. Please always be aware of roadside personnel and do your part to keep them safe!
Beginning in mid- to late-morning on Monday, May 20, 2013, crews will begin working on a bridge at MM 208 EB. Intermittent lane closures will last through May 23. Please watch for construction personnel and slow moving traffic through this area.
During the week of June 3, 2013, crews will begin working on a bridge at MM 198. Intermittent lane closures will last through June 7. Please watch for construction personnel and slow moving traffic through this area.
During the week of June 24, 2013, crews will begin working on a bridge at MM 212. Intermittent lane closures will last through June 28. Please watch for construction personnel and slow moving traffic through this area.
A resurfacing project on K-10 near Lawrence may impact travelers exiting I-70/Kansas Turnpike at the Lecompton interchange at MM 197. Work will take place during daylight hours from 7 am to 7pm, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.
This project is scheduled to begin between May 15-17, weather depending. For updated traffic information, please visit: www.ksdot.org/topekametro/laneclose.asp.
Bridge work near MM 142 will cause a 12' width restriction between Emporia and Topeka on I-335/Turnpike from May 14-17, 2013. The width restriction will be in affect during daytime hours from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Watch for crews beginning in early May at Exit 50 in East Wichita. All open lanes will accept both cash and K-TAG while the roadway is being replaced near the booth area.
In mid-March 18, 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.
Beginning in mid-April, some of the vendors at KTA service areas will change due to contract expirations.
Expect minor, temporary interruptions in fuel service on or around April 15, 2013, at the fuel retailers at the Topeka and Emporia Service Areas.
Also in mid-April, the restaurant at the Matfield Green Service Area will close for renovations for approximately two months. When that restaurant reopens, the restaurant at Towanda will close for renovations.
More information on KTA service areas is available here.
An overlay project with partial inside shoulder mill and inlay is scheduled for May through September, 2013, between MM 210.7-224.2. Additional information will be available as the contract start dates approaches.
A mill and inlay project with overlay is scheduled to take place between mid-April and October, 2013 between MM 167.8-183.8, including the Topeka Service Area. Additional information will be available as the contract date approaches.
An overlay project will be ongoing between MM 70.8 and 96.3 during the months of May through September. Additional details will be available as the contract start date approaches.
The Kansas Star Casino is involved in a landscaping project on KTA right-of-way near the Mulvane interchange, exit 33. Trees within the right-of-way from the casino sign south to the storm water pumphoue will either be trimmed or removed. Existing trees will be replaced with 58 Eastern Redbud trees and Golden Current shrubs, as recommended by the Sumner County K-State Extension office. Trees within the right-of-way from the casino sign south 700 feet will be removed at ground level to maintain the soil and limit erosion. Trees and shrubbery south of this line, including those near the storm water pump station, will be trimmed and under-brush removed.
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
65 mph on rural interstates
55 mph through town of 50,000 or more and from Emporia to Topeka
Emporia to Topeka re-classified as I-335 and now 65 mph
65 mph around Wichita & Topeka
70 mph from Oklahoma line to I-70/435. 65 mph from I-70 to 18th St.
Entire Turnpike changed to 70 mph
Turnpike from K-7 near Bonner Springs south to Oklahoma border changed to 75 mph