News Releases

149th St Bridge over KTA/I-335 to close for repairs

The bridge carrying 149th St over the Turnpike near mile marker 159 on I-335/KTA in Osage County will be closed for repairs beginning June 4, weather permitting, for approximately 10 working days. During routine work, KTA structures crews discovered the bridge had been damaged by an unknown vehicle or object.

Repairs will cause one-lane, temporary closures on northbound I-335/KTA.

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June 1, 2012 Media Release

Turnpike’s State Farm safety demonstration aims to convince travelers to buckle up

MAY 21, 2012 — While it may seem like a name given to a henchman in a bad mafia movie, “The Convincer” is a real-life tool. Travelers can experience it first-hand at the Turnpike’s State Farm safety event on Friday, May 25 at the Belle Plaine Service Area at milemarker 26 on I-35/KTA south of Wichita.
The Convincer, which simulates a 5-mile per hour crash, will be available at this safety event between 10 am and 2 pm.
“We have several tools that we can use to educate drivers and encourage responsible behavior like wearing a safety belt and not driving while impaired,” said Capt. Joe Bott, Commander of KHP Troop G, which is assigned to the Turnpike. “The Convincer is one of our more popular and effective pieces of equipment because it’s interactive.”

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May 21, 2012 Media Release

KTA launches mobile web site

The Kansas Turnpike Authority has launched a mobile version of its http://www.ksturnpike.com web site. To make browsing from a phone quicker and easier, the mobile site contains less information than the full web site. Travelers can access information such as tolls, construction and current displays on the Turnpike’s Digital Message Signs along I-70 and can also access the full site if they choose. However, are reminded not to use the site while driving.
“We realize that many of our customers access the Internet only from a mobile device today and we wanted to be able to provide them with as good of an experience as what we’ve tried to do for those looking at the site from a computer,” said Director of Public Relations Lisa Callahan. “The goal with the new mobile site is the same as the majority of our communications efforts: we want travelers to be able to make the best travel decisions as possible prior to getting on the road.”
The Turnpike also provides information to mobile users via Twitter and text messaging alerts. Find access to both of these by visiting http://www.ksturnpike.com.
The mobile site mimics the look and feel of the Turnpike’s main website, which was redesigned and launched in March 2011. KTA staff worked with Lifeboat Creative, Wichita, on the redesign and mobile site.

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September 1, 2011 Media Release

Honorary Trooper Award presentation

Media advisory – Honorary Trooper Award presentation
The news media is invited to attend an Honorary Trooper Awards presentation at 1pm on Thursday, August 11 at the Kansas Turnpike Authority office, 9401 E Kellogg in Wichita.
During the ceremony, Kansas Highway Patrol Col. Ernest Garcia will present Summer White and Michela Creel with Honorary Trooper Awards for their heroic efforts after and during vehicle crashes near the Mulvane interchange on the Kansas Turnpike. The incident for which they are being honored took place on the night of June 12 when the two came upon a traffic accident and attempted to save the passenger of one of the vehicles.
Additional information on the original incident and the awards presentation will be available at the ceremony.

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August 8, 2011 Media Release

Safety event celebrates summer, State Farm Safety Assist program

MAY 24, 2011 — The Kansas Turnpike Authority and State Farm will be conducting a safety exhibition on Friday, May 27 at the Belle Plaine Service Area at Milepost 26, between Wichita and Wellington on the Turnpike/I-35.

At 10:30 am, KTA and State Farm representatives will hold a media briefing to launch the Turnpike’s State Farm Safety Assist program for its first full-season. Available to recount their first-hand experience with the program are Jennifer and Roger Weast, Wichita, who were aided by one of the program technicians last year, and Safety Assist Technician Don Mosher.

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May 24, 2011 Media Release

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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