News Releases

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

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

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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.