News Releases

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

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

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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