News Releases

Kansas, Oklahoma Turnpike Authorities agree to interoperability

The Kansas Turnpike Authority has entered into an agreement with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority for the two systems’ electronic toll collection program to be interoperable by the end of 2014.

This agreement will allow K-TAG to be used on the Oklahoma Turnpike system and PikePass to be used on the Kansas Turnpike. For many customers who routinely drive on both systems, this will mean they will soon be able to use either a K-TAG or a PikePass, rather than both.

“That’s not only good for travelers, it’s good for business,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. “I wanted to see good business ideas when I proposed a formalized partnership between the Kansas Department of Transportation and KTA last year and I applaud Transportation Secretary Mike King for making this a priority.”

Secretary King, who is Director of the KTA, said the agreement will make travel between the two states seamless, smooth and efficient.
“Our customers have been asking for this convenience,” Secretary King said. “I am so proud we’ve been able to work out all the details to make this enhanced customer service a reality in 2014,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary and Director of KTA Mike King.

The Kansas Turnpike is a 236-mile toll supported road that stretches from the Oklahoma border south of Wichita to the Missouri border in Kansas City and connects the state’s largest metropolitan areas. For more information on the K-TAG program, visit http://www.myktag.com.

The Oklahoma Turnpike system is comprised of 10 toll roads that span more than 600 miles.

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March 25, 2014 Media Release

Reconstruction of Wittenberg Road & 29th Street bridges to begin

Reconstruction of the Wittenberg Road Bridge and re-decking of the 29th Street bridge crossing over the Turnpike/I-470 near mile markers 180 and 181 in southeast Topeka are set to begin soon, weather permitting.
• Wittenberg Road Bridge will close to all traffic on Monday, March 24th.
• Work on the 29th Street Bridge will begin on Monday, March 31st. The 29th Street Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction.

The Wittenberg Road (Br. No. 181.190) and the 29th Street (Br. No. 180.510) Bridges have deteriorated to the point they need to be reconstructed. LG Barcus is the contractor for the project. Construction on both bridges are 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 re-decking many of these bridges. Future bridge re-decking schedule will be determined by annual bridge inspections.

Editor’s note: Attached is an aerial map of the bridge area.

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March 24, 2014 Media Release

Thanksgiving holiday traffic counts available

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2013 was the biggest travel day in history for the Kansas Turnpike. On that day, 132,667 vehicles* traveled on the 236-mile toll roadway, which broke last year’s record by more than 300 vehicles.

Total traffic for the Tuesday through Sunday holiday period was 665,945 vehicles*. This marked a 3.26 percent increase over last’s Thanksgiving holiday.

* These numbers represent unaudited traffic counts. Audited traffic numbers will be available later this month and may be slightly different.

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December 9, 2013 Media Release

‘Cops & Donuts’ takes on Different Meaning at Hardee’s & Dunkin’ Donuts Grand Opening

The old stereotype of ‘cops and donuts’ took on a different meaning as Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers assigned to the Turnpike helped with the Grand Opening celebration of Dunkin’ Donuts and Hardee’s, which recently opened at the Towanda Service Area between Wichita and El Dorado on the Kansas Turnpike. The celebration took place Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at 1 p.m.

WHAT:    Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts Grand Opening

WHEN:    Thursday, October 24, 2013 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Towanda Service Area on the Kansas Turnpike

WHO:      Mike King, Kansas Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, along with officials from Rising Star, the franchise group for both Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, Kansas Turnpike Authority board members and staff and other state and local officials.

ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES:
• A short program and ribbon cutting will officially mark the opening of the two new restaurants. 

• Thursday will also be ‘customer appreciation day’ with Rising Star and GasMart USA showing their appreciation of the traveling public’s patience during the remodel by offering special promotions.

• Following the program, Secretary King will step behind the counter to assist Turnpike travelers with their food orders.

• Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers assigned to the Turnpike will be on-hand to encourage travelers to take a break for safety during the busy upcoming holiday travel season.

• Interview opportunities with Secretary King.

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October 22, 2013 Media Release

Sec King to speak at KMCA convention

Kansas’ Transportation Secretary Mike King will address attendees at the Kansas Motor Carriers Association annual convention in Wichita this Thursday.
Secretary King will talk about the future of transportation and trucking in Kansas. The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 26 in the Riverview Ballroom at The Hyatt Regency, 400 West Waterman, Wichita.
The Kansas Motor Carriers Association is the statewide membership organization serving the interests of the trucking industry and its allied members.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority is a 236-mile roadway connecting the three largest metropolitan areas in Kansas. The roadway’s construction, maintenance and operations are funded by user-fees, which are collected by manual toll collection personnel or by the K-TAG electronic toll collection program.

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September 23, 2013 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