Keep up on the latest KTA news by reading our press releases below.
Arkansas River Bridge on I-35/Turnpike nearing completion
Nov 16, 2017
WICHITA, Kan.— Construction on the northbound bridge over the Arkansas River located at mile marker 44 on I-35/KTA, in south Wichita, is nearing completion.
Traffic impacts, starting November 16 include:
- Traffic will be transitioned to their respective northbound or southbound bridges.
- The inside left lanes, in both directions, will be closed for additional median work.
- Speeds will remain reduced to 60 mph through the construction zone until construction is completed.
The project is expected to be substantially completed in early December, weather permitting. This construction was part of a two-year project to widen and re-deck the Arkansas River Bridges. Learn more about the project here.
Drivers are urged to check for traffic impacts at http://www.kandrive.org/, subscribe to KTA Alerts for roadway incident information at http://bit.ly/KHeX6g, follow the Kansas Turnpike on Twitter, and watch for information on KTA’s digital message boards. Construction updates on this and other projects are published monthly in KTA’s electronic newsletter. Sign up at www.ksturnpike.com using the form located at the bottom of any page.
KTA celebrates employee service anniversaries
Nov 8, 2017
WICHITA, Kan.— Each year, the Kansas Turnpike Authority recognizes employees celebrating years-of-service anniversaries. For 2017, KTA recognized 49 employees that collectively have 785 years of service to the KTA.
Employees reaching service anniversaries include:
- Dan Kimberlin (El Dorado), Guard Rail Foreman
- Wendy Sears (Topeka), Toll Collector
- Suzie Asbridge (Bel Aire), Toll Collector
- Mike McCulley (Wichita), Incident Management Specialist
- Paul Shirey (McLouth), Highway Maintenance Foreman
- Cheryl Stewart (Towanda), Toll Assistant Supervisor
- Mitch Foster (Topeka), Equipment Operator
- Ron Komp (Clearwater), Highway Maintenance Superintendent
- Mike Wecker (Olpe), Maintenance Carpenter Foreman
- Debby Campbell (Wichita), K-TAG Customer Service Representative Team Leader
- Terry Gannon (Andover), Equipment Operator
- Lawrence Magdaleno (Wichita), Toll Collector
- Lori Stanley (Lawrence), Toll Collector
- Ron Snow (Cassoday), Toll Collector
- Mary Stegner (Wichita), Toll Collector
- Tanya Austin (Augusta), Senior HR Generalist
- Rodger Berger (Park City), Equipment Operator
- Gary Culbertson (Wichita), K-TAG Customer Service Manager
- Kenna Dry (Wellington), Toll Collector
- Chris Hammond (Wellington), Master Trooper
- Shawn Harbes (El Dorado), K-TAG Customer Service Representative
- Maria Hernandez (Wellington), Toll Collector
- Jesse Johnson (Lawrence), Master Trooper
- Victoria Marmon (Kansas City), Toll Collector
- André Pierpont (Topeka), Auto Mechanic
- Rosie Sweeten (Topeka), Toll Collector
- Ronald Watson (Leavenworth), Equipment Operator
- Karan Witter (Topeka), Toll Collector
- David Bowman (Wellington), Equipment Operator
- Blake Butterworth (Wichita), Application Development Manager
- Marta Heasty (Wellington), Toll Collector
- Diane Heath (Park City), Toll Collector
- Brian Higinbotham (Silver Lake), Equipment Operator
- Heather Kord (Wichita), Roadside Operations Secretary
- Jeff Keuser (Tecumseh), Toll Technician
- Steve Osborne (Wichita), Toll Collector
- Jason Stockton (Winfield), Toll Collector
- Roxie Sumner (Lecompton), Toll Collector
- Merri Beth Thompson (McLouth), Toll Assistant Supervisor
- Erin Winkle (El Dorado), Incident Management Center Shift Leader
- Jeri Biehler (Augusta), Communications Manager
- Andrew Bushey (Augusta), Toll Collector
- Stephanie Crisler (Wellington), Toll Collector
- Judy Denny (Lawrence), Toll Collector
- Ashley Herrington (Haysville), K-TAG Retail Customer Service Representative
- Shirley Linsea (Emporia), Toll Collector
- Cody McKaig (Topeka), Trooper
- Amy Mueller (Wichita), K-TAG Customer Support Assistant
- Keri Row (Wichita), Toll Collector
KTA keeps commercial traffic in mind with improvements
Oct 30, 2017
WICHITA, Kan. – Several construction projects have recently been completed to increase safety and improve the customer experience on the Kansas Turnpike. A number of the identified projects facilitate movement of freight, which is important because more than 12 percent of Turnpike transactions are by commercial drivers.
- KTA has expanded compatibility efforts with various toll tags since 2014, including commercial tags PrePass Plus and BestPass.
- Acceleration/deceleration ramps were lengthened at the Towanda service area, the south El Dorado interchange and the south Topeka interchange. In 2018, construction will lengthen ramps at the Matfield Green service area.
- Truck parking capacity was increased from 27 to 65 spots at the Towanda Service Area.
- More than 50 bridges will be raised in the next 10 years. Vertical clearance of 11 bridges crossing over the Turnpike from Wichita to the Oklahoma border have been increased to a minimum of 15’9” to accommodate commercial traffic with larger loads. An additional 11 bridges will be raised between Emporia and Topeka by the end of 2018.
- The conversion of Eastern Terminal, East Topeka and Southern Terminal toll plazas will allow commercial traffic with compatible tags to keep moving through the tolling area at highway-speeds, minimizing costs associated with stopping. Eastern Terminal is scheduled to be completed in 2017 with East Topeka and Southern Terminal scheduled for 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Eight construction projects completed on Kansas Turnpike
Oct 17, 2017
WICHITA, Kan. – Travelers will see fewer orange cones along the Kansas Turnpike as several of KTA’s 2017 construction projects have been completed.
Completed work on the following projects and locations include:
- Mile Marker (MM) 0.6, I-35/KTA (Sumner County): Prep work on a 2018 bridge construction project;
- MM 8-38, I-35/KTA (Sumner and Sedgwick Counties): Increased vertical clearance of 11 bridges;
- MM 50-71, I-35/KTA (Sedgwick and Butler Counties): Pavement overlay and south El Dorado plaza ramp improvements;
- MM 101, I-35/KTA (Chase County): Drainage improvements south of Emporia;
- MM 111, I-35/KTA (Chase County): Permanent seeding at cattle pens and scenic overlook;
- MM 157, I-335/KTA (Osage County): Two-year construction project involving four bridges;
- MM 177, I-470/KTA (Shawnee County): Reconstruction of south Topeka toll plaza (bridge and ramp work to continue);
- MM 202, I-70/KTA (Douglas County): Paving of McDonald Drive from the Lawrence toll plaza to Sixth Street.
Three additional projects are expected to be complete by the end of year including: reconstruction of the Arkansas River Bridges (MM 44, I-35/KTA); drainage improvements in the Flint Hills (MM 105, I-35/KTA) and reconstruction of the Eastern Terminal toll plaza (MM 217, I-70/KTA).
These projects were identified in KTA’s 2015 Long Term Needs Study and are aimed to preserve, modernize and enhance the Turnpike system through 2025. During this ten-year window, an estimated $1.2 billion will be invested in 44 identified projects.
Construction updates on all projects are published monthly in KTA’s electronic newsletter. Sign-up using the form located at the bottom of any page on www.ksturnpike.com.
Drivers are also urged to check for traffic impacts at http://www.kandrive.org/, subscribe to KTA Alerts for roadway incident information at http://bit.ly/KHeX6g, follow the Kansas Turnpike on Twitter, and watch for information on KTA’s digital message boards.