Recent News

K-TAG ‘swap’ started

Late May marked the start of a four-month K-TAG replacement project. We are asking select* customers to ‘swap’ their battery operated hard case K-TAGs for tags with newer, more efficient technology. The replacement tags will be provided at NO COST.

Customers affected – nearly 60,000 - are being notified via emails and letters May through July. Tags not swapped out will be deactivated or turned off starting in mid-August through September. The old tags can be recycled or discarded by the customer and do not need to be returned to KTA.

*Not all customers with hard case K-TAGs are affected. Only those contacted by KTA need to take action.

Delays on I-70/KTA on May 2

Due to the high level of traffic on I-70 between Topeka and Lawrence, the Kansas Turnpike elected to complete much of a scheduled paving project at night. View the original news release.

Work was completed as scheduled overnight on Thursday, May 1.

Around mid-day today, May 2, the patch work started to come out on the Eastbound side of the road, taking with it larger chunks of asphalt.

KTA maintenance and engineering crews, along with the contractor, had to close two of the three lanes in order to complete the emergency repair work. For safety reasons, this situation had to be addressed immediately. Unfortunately, the lane closures caused backups and lengthy delays.

We are well aware of our customers’ expectations and travel needs and sincerely regret that these were not met. The entire purpose of doing work at night is to avoid conditions similar to what was experienced today.

K-TAG Joins Ford to Present Blacktop Nationals

Today BlackTop Nationals announced K-TAG is a new partner for their Classic Car & Motorcycle Event and we couldn’t be happier!  Our hope in being part of this event is that more people learn the full capabilities of K-TAG and how it can save them time and money when traveling on the Turnpike.  To learn more about the partnership, read BlackTop Nationals’ press release here.

2013 K-TAG Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Kansas Turnpike Authority conducted a survey between August 28 and September 27, 2013, to determine the satisfaction of K-TAG customers.

See the results of the survey here.

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.”

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KTA Fact

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

65 mph around Wichita & Topeka

70 mph from Oklahoma line to I-70/435. 65 mph from I-70 to 18th St.

Entire Turnpike changed to 70 mph

Turnpike from K-7 near Bonner Springs south to Oklahoma border changed to 75 mph