News Releases

MP 31 Fatality accident information

At approximately 4:38 AM, KTA dispatch received several reports of a northbound vehicle in the southbound lanes from the Belle Plaine Service Area. At approximately 4:40 AM a red SUV was northbound in the southbound lanes and at milepost 30.9 struck a southbound van head on in the southbound passing lane. The van was then struck in the rear by a southbound semi truck and trailer.

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March 15, 2010 Media Release

UPDATE: Lawrence interchange closure date change

The Kansas Turnpike Authority has shifted its construction schedule for the Kansas River Bridges Replacement and Plaza Improvement Project due to construction within the city of Lawrence. Monday, April 5 is the new projected date for the closure of Plaza 204, the I-70 interchange on North 2nd Street that provides access to US-59, US-40 and north Lawrence.

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January 26, 2010 Media Release

Lawrence interchange closure scheduled

The Kansas Turnpike Authority has set a tentative date of March 22 for the temporary closing of Plaza 204, the I-70 interchange on North 2nd Street that provides access to US-59, US-40 and north Lawrence. The date of this interchange closing is dependent on weather and the contractor’s construction progress and schedule.

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January 22, 2010 Media Release

More demo work scheduled in Lawrence

As a part of the Kansas Turnpike Authority’s project to replace the Kansas River Bridges in Lawrence, explosive charges are tentatively planned to be used on Wednesday, January 13 at approximately 2 p.m. on the old, out-of-service bridges. The sections of the original steel structure that are scheduled to be “dropped” on Tuesday include all remaining westbound spans. This date is tentative and may be changed due to weather.

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January 11, 2010 Media Release

Interchange set to open mid-morning tomorrow

The Tonganoxie/Eudora Interchange at Milepost 212 on the Kansas Turnpike/I-70 will open at approximately 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, December 29. This is earlier in the day than originally announced.

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December 28, 2009 Media Release

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KTA Fact

There are historical markers at some of the Service Areas that show areas of interest. The Turnpike crosses the historic Santa Fe Trail near milepost 155 and the Oregon Trail near milepost 189.