News Releases

KTA annual report now available online

Wichita, KS – The Kansas Turnpike Authority has completed its annual report for fiscal year 2015. The report covers activities between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, and encompasses a theme revolved around “Doing More”. By statute, the report includes notable activities as well as an audited financial report.

“This last fiscal year was challenging and rewarding,” said Steve Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer. “Our customer-focused philosophy is serving both KTA and its customers well. KTA is motivated to continue to make system-wide safety and service improvements.”

The annual report can be found on the KTA website at http://bit.ly/1kuCF8E.

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November 16, 2015 Media Release

Equipment installed for pilot video enforcement project

Wichita, KS – The Kansas Turnpike Authority is in the process of installing video enforcement equipment in dedicated electronic lanes at the East Topeka toll plaza and the Southern Terminal just south of Wellington near the Oklahoma border.

This equipment will capture images of license plates and will eventually assist KTA in collecting tolls from those who use those lanes without an electronic transponder like K-TAG or PIKEPASS.

Currently, KTA uses gates to prevent customers from exiting the road without paying, which helps keep tolls lower for all customers.

“We’re excited to be exploring alternatives to gates,” said KTA CEO Steve Hewitt. “It’s something our customers have been asking us to look at and we’re happy to report that we are making progress.”

For years, K-TAG customers have expressed frustration with gates in electronic lanes. Gates still remain the main source of revenue protection in the majority of electronic lanes and will remain in the electronic lanes at the pilot project plazas until the video enforcement system is fully operational.

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November 5, 2015 Media Release

K-TAG celebrates one year of compatibility with PIKEPASS

Wichita, KS –  November 1 marks the one-year anniversary of easier travel between Kansas and Oklahoma thanks to an agreement between the Kansas and Oklahoma Turnpike Authorities.  Under this agreement, K-TAGs are accepted in the PIKEPASS lanes and vice versa.  Nearly 2.5 million trips have been made through this agreement, with over 1.5 million trips being PIKEPASS customers coming to Kansas.

“Our partnership with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has proved to be quite successful, said Steve Hewitt, KTA CEO. “Having only one tag to travel in both states has simplified travel for our mutual customers.”

Since Kansas and Oklahoma Turnpike travelers only need one tag to travel in each state, customers can choose which tag is right for them by using the interactive decision tool at http://bit.ly/1rh2pA8. With the upcoming holiday season, now is the time for travelers to get their free tag and save on time and tolls in both states.

You can learn more about K-TAG and PIKEPASS’s compatibility and read frequently asked questions at http://bit.ly/1EFoQtd.

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November 2, 2015 Media Release

KTA supports national teen driver safety week

Wichita, KS – This is National Teen Driver Safety week, as designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds is motor vehicle crashes. In support of this week, the Kansas Turnpike Authority is sharing the three winning Put the Brakes on Fatalities video entries.

KTA had two reasons for sponsoring the video contest earlier this month. “We wanted to encourage teens to think about safe driving behaviors and we needed their help to create safety messages that resonate with their peers,” said Rachel Bell, KTA’s marketing and communications director. “We are ecstatic at the quality and quantity of the videos we received.”

Learn more about the National Teen Driver Safety Week campaign at nhtsa.gov/Teen-Drivers.

To learn more about the Put the Brakes on Fatalities video contest and view the three videos, visit http://bit.ly/1OzILgU.

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October 21, 2015 Media Release

Night construction scheduled at south Wichita interchange

Wichita, KS – Paving the Kansas Turnpike Authority’s south Wichita interchange (mile marker 42 I-35/Turnpike) is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, October 12 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, October 13. Crews will be paving the toll plaza area and all four ramps connecting I-135 to I-35/Turnpike.

Travelers are encouraged to be aware of the overnight work and to use extreme caution if they must use that toll interchange. While the toll plaza and the connecting ramps will remain open, travelers can expect delays.

“We’re paving this interchange at night as a convenience to our travelers,” said Merlin Eck, KTA safety coordinator. “We hope they will assist with our safety efforts by slowing down and paying attention when driving through this night work zone.”

Crews will take extra safety precautions during this overnight work. Extra lighting, increased signage and additional personnel will be on-hand to direct traffic. Troop G of the Kansas Highway Patrol will also be assisting.

This south Wichita toll plaza is the busiest in the Wichita area. More than 3.7 million vehicles used the interchange between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

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October 9, 2015 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