News Releases

Roadway replacement project to resume

A roadway replacement project on I-70/Turnpike east of Lawrence will resume on Monday, March 14, weather permitting. This project is replacing the final section of the original 1950s concrete roadway on the Turnpike’s portion of I-70.

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March 11, 2011 Media Release

Roadway replacement project halts for winter

A roadway replacement project east of Lawrence on I-70/Turnpike will break for the winter weather season in the coming days. The current work and reopening of the lanes should be complete late Wednesday and ready for commuter traffic on Thursday, November 11.

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November 9, 2010 Media Release

Plaza 204/East Lawrence will reopen October 6

Plaza 204/East Lawrence on the Kansas Turnpike with access to US 59/40 and North Lawrence will reopen Wednesday, October 6, weather permitting. Traffic entering the Turnpike can use the interchange at 6:30 a.m. and traffic exiting the Turnpike can use the interchange at 8:30 a.m. The entire interchange should reopen by mid-morning, nearly one month ahead of schedule.

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October 4, 2010 Media Release

Kansas Turnpike, State Farm Safety Assist program

State Farm Insurance will partner with the Kansas Turnpike this summer for the State Farm Safety Assist program, re-implementing and expanding the program that helps stranded motorists and makes Turnpike travel safer and easier.

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July 1, 2010 Media Release

Kansas Turnpike, State Farm Safety Assist program

State Farm will be teaming up with the Kansas Turnpike Authority to provide additional service and safety for travelers. The two organizations, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol, will be hosting the State Farm Take-A-Break-for-Safety event this year at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, a time that traditionally kicks off the summer travel season.

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May 24, 2010 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