Turnpike Times

May 2019


Flood Mitigation Efforts

In the past three years, KTA has increased the drainage capacity at 10 locations as part of ongoing flood mitigation efforts. Three additional locations are planned this year, with more to follow as $3-5 million per year is allocated for drainage improvements as part of KTA’s 10-year improvement program.

KTA crews routinely monitor weather and road conditions and take appropriate measures as needed. They have been especially busy during this rainy month of May.

On May 7, historic rainfall caused Slate Creek near mile marker 15 on I-35/KTA to flood, covering a portion of the roadway with water. Thanks to the outstanding collaboration with many partners, the roadway was repaired and fully open less than 48 hours after the time it closed. Watch how the early May work unfolded in this video and find more photos from the flood and repairs in this online album.




Multiple bridges north of Emporia are under construction. Watch this month’s Construction Spotlight (left) to learn more about this project from its coordinator, Nathan Anstey.

Read updates on our many other active construction projects in this month’s construction report.



K-TAG Tip:

When taking a road trip, most people use some sort of GPS device. While it’s a great feature, it can have limitations, especially on toll roads. Many GPS systems don’t provide accurate descriptions of what lane to use through a tolled area. Travelers should follow directional signs to get through the tolling area correctly.



Safety Reminders

As the weather warms up and summer travel is on the horizon, we have a couple of important safety reminders for you:

Motorcycle Safety

Remember to “share the road” and help prevent motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles are small, so look twice! Additionally, each year, we welcome the annual Run for the Wall riders at the Topeka Service Area. Check out the photos from the event.

Click It or Ticket

Test your seatbelt knowledge in our latest video in partnership with the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Trooper Tiffany! It only takes two seconds to buckle up.