News Releases

Fuel now available at Towanda Service Area

Fuel is now available at the Towanda Service Area (MM 65) on the Turnpike/I-35 between Emporia and Wichita. KTA and GasMart USA, based out of Overland Park, have been working diligently to restore fuel service at both the Towanda Service Area and the Matfield Green Service Area (MM 97) for the past two days. Fuel at the Matfield Green Service Area should be available shortly.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority Board approved the assignment of the lease from PCF Saleco to GasMart USA effective as of noon today. This became necessary this past Monday when PCF Saleco informed KTA of their inability to provide fuel at these two locations.

To provide additional customer service during this transition period, KTA is extending the State Farm Safety Assist to include the Emporia to Wichita I-35 corridor.

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August 29, 2012 Media Release

Lease for two service areas reassigned

At the request of PCF Saleco, the fuel and convenience store operator for the Towanda (MM 65) and Matfield Green (MM 97) Service Areas on the Kansas Turnpike, the Kansas Turnpike Authority Board approved the assignment of their leases to GasMart USA, based out of Overland Park. PCF Saleco is experiencing some difficult business issues and requested this change so KTA customers will continue to have continuous access to fuel.

KTA is working diligently with GasMart USA to provide immediate fuel and convenience store services to KTA customers. This is especially important during this upcoming, busy holiday weekend.

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August 28, 2012 Media Release

Auburn, Burlingame Rd bridges to close for re-decking

Auburn Road and Burlingame Road Bridges crossing over the Turnpike will be closed to traffic beginning:
• Burlingame Road – Wednesday, June 20, 2012
• Auburn Road – Thursday, July 5, 2012
Beginning dates for both projects are weather permitting.

The project is expected to be complete in November. The Auburn Road (Br. No. 167.117) and Burlingame Road (Br. No. 174.977) Bridges have deteriorated to a point that they need to be re-decked.

Detours are available for local traffic. The bridge work will require one-lane, temporary closures on     I-335/KTA below the bridges.

Most bridges crossing the Turnpike are approximately the same age — 50+ years. Over the next several years, the KTA will be re-decking many of these bridges, starting with those in the worst condition. Future bridge re-decking schedules will be determined by annual bridge inspections.

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June 22, 2012 Media Release

Auburn & Burlingame Rd Bridges contractor named

King Construction, Hesston, is the successful bidder for the Auburn Road and Burlingame Road Bridges re-decking project. A pre-construction meeting with the contractor is set for June 13, after which a final project schedule will be available. The project is expected to begin in late June.

These two bridges, which carry local traffic over the Turnpike/I-335, will be closed during construction. The project is expected to be complete in late November. The Auburn Road (Br. No. 167.117) and Burlingame Road (Br. No. 174.977) Bridges have deteriorated to a point that they need to be re-decked.

Detours are available for local traffic. These bridge projects may cause one-lane, temporary closures on I-335/KTA below the bridges.

Most bridges crossing the Turnpike are approximately the same age — 50+ years. Over the next several years, the KTA will be re-decking many of these bridges, starting with those in the worst condition. Future bridge re-decking schedules will be determined by annual bridge inspections.

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June 4, 2012 Media Release

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

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The original 1954 bond issue has been paid off and new bonds have been issued for financing safety improvements, major reconstruction projects and upgrading.