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KTA announces recent retirements

Three employees of the Kansas Turnpike Authority recently retired after a combined 51 years of service to the organization.

Danny Jackson (Council Grove, KS), Admire Maintenance Foreman, completed 31 years with the KTA. Jackson joined the KTA in November 1984 as an equipment operator, was promoted to Admire Assistant Foreman in 1991 and Admire Foreman in 2012.

Master Trooper Alex Petigna (Shawnee, KS) ended a 27-year career with the Kansas Highway Patrol. He served the past 13 years with Troop G, the patrol unit assigned to the KTA.

Master Trooper Mike Frederiksen (Wichita, KS) served Kansans for 26 years with the Kansas Highway Patrol and was part of KTA’s Troop G for the last seven years.

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April 3, 2015 Media Release

KTA partners with KDOT for work zone awareness week

Wichita, KS – Like in year’s past, the Kansas Turnpike Authority has partnered with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to promote National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27.

“National Work Zone Awareness Week is an important safety campaign that the KTA takes part in each year,” said KTA’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Hewitt. “With the upcoming construction season, it’s a great way to remind the public the importance of being cautious and paying attention especially while driving in a work zone.”

Approximately 85 to 90 percent of work zone related injuries are not the workers, but motorists. In 2014, one worker and six motorists were killed in work zones in Kansas, and 397 injuries occurred. One of the work zone fatalities involving a motorist took place on the Turnpike last July. More on that accident can be read at

The public is invited to join the awareness efforts by wearing orange on Thursday, March 26. Those in the Topeka area on Thursday are invited to attend the statewide Work Zone Awareness event at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol (south side.)

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March 23, 2015 Media Release

Reconstruction of Kansas Avenue Bridge to begin

Wichita, KS – Reconstruction of the Kansas Avenue Bridge in Leavenworth County crossing over the Turnpike/I-70 near mile marker 221 is set to begin soon, weather permitting. Kansas Avenue Bridge will close to all traffic on Monday, March 16.

The Kansas Avenue Bridge (Br. No. 221.542) has deteriorated to the point it needs to be replaced. AM Cohron & Sons is the contractor for the project. Construction on the bridge is expected to be complete in November.

Most bridges crossing over the Turnpike are approximately the same age – 50+ years. During the next several years, KTA will be reconstructing many of these bridges. Future bridge reconstruction schedule will be determined by annual bridge inspections.

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March 10, 2015 Media Release

KTA seeks input with customer satisfaction survey

Wichita, KS – The Kansas Turnpike Authority invites the public to provide feedback on their Turnpike travel experience by participating in a Customer Satisfaction Survey. Any individual who uses the Turnpike, whether daily or occasionally, is encouraged to share their thoughts.

“We want to better understand our customer’s travel needs,” said Steve Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer of the KTA. “Survey results will help us make customer-driven changes in order to provide a better travel experience for those using the Kansas Turnpike.”

The survey is open until March 15 at

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February 23, 2015 Media Release

EZ GO to serve customers at Towanda, Matfield Green service areas

Wichita, KS – The Towanda and Matfield Green service areas along the Turnpike/I-35 will experience a change in fuel providers. The Kansas Turnpike Authority board has approved the current lease to be reassigned to Carey Johnson Oil Company, commonly known as EZ GO. The transition will take place Tuesday, Feb. 17 for Towanda and Wednesday, Feb. 18 for Matfield Green at 7 a.m. Customers may experience interruptions in service at the c-stores during the transition between retailers. The restaurant operations at these service areas will be unaffected by the transition.

“Our goal is to provide positive, reliable transportation to our customers, and that includes our service areas. This transition to Carey Johnson Oil Company is one way we are making sure that goal is met,” said Steve Hewitt, CEO of the KTA.

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February 16, 2015 Media Release

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KTA Fact

There are six service areas along the length of the Turnpike. Each service area offers food, fuel, and rest-room facilities.