The report from the Governor's Sept. 5 Transportation Summit in Emporia is now available here.
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 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
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.
KDOT and the Kansas Turnpike Authority will host a Summit for business and community leaders on Sept. 5 in Emporia, Kan. The Summit is free of charge but participants must register in advance. To register, click here.
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.