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Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts Grand Opening at Towanda Service Area

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.
“It’s great to be able to celebrate opening another Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donut location on the Turnpike,” said Mike King, Kansas Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Kansas Turnpike.  “This partnership is well matched because we all feel strongly about the level of service we want to provide to our customers.”
Rising Star, the franchise group for both Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, was the winning bidder earlier this year at both the Towanda and Matfield Green Service Areas. The group opened the Matfield Green restaurants in late July, then renovated the Towanda space prior to opening last week.  KTA appreciates the increased service that GasMart USA, the fuel provider and convenience store operator at these two service areas, provided to travelers during the construction.
Rising Star and GasMart USA recognized the traveling public’s patience during the remodel by offering special promotions good at both the Towanda and Matfield Green service areas.
“We are so appreciative of Kansas Turnpike travelers,” said Tony Parrish, Hardee’s/Dunkin’ Donuts vice president of operations. “Like Matfield Green, the Towanda Hardee’s had strong sales on its opening day. Kansas travelers are really welcoming us.”
To encourage travelers to take a break for safety during the upcoming busy holiday travel periods, Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers at the grand opening handed out safety tips – and donuts.
“Safe driving is such an important message” said Capt. Joe Bott, commander of Troop G, the Kansas Highway Patrol unit with the Turnpike. “Turnpike troopers gladly handed out donuts and interacted with our customers in a fun way in order to forward our message.”

See photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksturnpike/sets/72157636911927935/

Transportation Summit report released

The report from the Governor's Sept. 5 Transportation Summit in Emporia is now available here.

KTA Auction on Purple Wave

On Thursday, October 10, 2013 10 a.m. CDT the KTA will be selling used equipment and vehicles on Purplewave.com. Just a few of the items include: dump truck, utiltiy truck, pickup trucks, cars, mower, guardrail, bridge beams and much, much more. See the sale items at:  http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?131010/keyword/59806

Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts are open for business at the Matfield Green

Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts are open for business at the Matfield Green Service Area giving those traveling the Kansas Turnpike new food choices and a new place to stop for a break.
Mike King, Kansas Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Kansas Turnpike, welcomed restaurant leadership earlier this week.
“Turnpike travelers win with more food options,” said Secretary King, “and so does Kansas as another new business opens its doors in our state.”
Besides welcoming the restaurants, Secretary King took his turn behind the counter helping to serve customers. “It’s fun seeing our customers and interacting with the employees of these two restaurants,” said Secretary King, “but I think I’ll keep my day job!”
Rising Star, the franchise group for both Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, was the winning bidder earlier this year replacing McDonalds. The group began renovating the space in May to accommodate both restaurants and opened late July.  KTA appreciates the increased service that GasMart USA, the fuel provider and convenience store operator at the Matfield Green Service Area, provided to travelers during the construction.
“Kansas travelers are really welcoming us. The Matfield Green Hardee’s had record-breaking sales on its opening day,” said Tony Parrish, Hardee’s/Dunkin’ Donuts vice president of operations. “We hope to have the same exciting response when we open these two brands at the Towanda Service Area later this fall.”
Photos of Secretary King's visit at the Matfield Green Service Area can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksturnpike/sets/72157635261278147/
Video of Secretary King's meeting with business partners can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmxupCR5MSA

KTA serves Emporia area during flooding

The Turnpike/I-35 serves as a detour for local Emporia-area traffic when K-99 floods. Flood gates onto the Turnpike were opened on Aug. 3, 2013, when water from the Cottonwood River submerged K-99. Between 600 and 800 vehicles used the Turnpike to get to and from Emporia each day. When the water receded early on Aug. 7, 2013, the gates were closed. The KTA has been working with local and state officials to provide this service for the past several years. See photos here.

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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.