Keep up on the latest KTA news by reading our press releases below.
KTA awarded second place for overlay project
Dec 15, 2017
WICHITA, Kan.— The Kansas Turnpike Authority and general contractor, Shilling Construction, received a second-place award from the Kansas Asphalt Pavement Association, Inc. The award was for a category that recognized overlay projects for asphalt pavement less than one inch.
Construction for the project began in June 2017 for pavement resurfacing between El Dorado and east Wichita (mile marker 50.8 to 71.3 I-35/KTA) and also included ramp improvements at the El Dorado toll interchange (mile marker 71). The $6.4 million-dollar project was completed on time and came in more than $30,000 under budget.
Construction under Ninnescah River Bridges to begin
Dec 12, 2017
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. – A project to construct a scour protection pad and place rock slope protection at the Ninnescah River Bridges located at mile marker 26.8 I-35/KTA (Sumner County) will begin Monday, December 18 and is expected to be completed by March 2018, weather permitting.
Construction will occur beneath the bridges and impacts to traffic will be minimal. Drivers can expect occasional lane closures to accommodate delivery of equipment and supplies.
The Ninnescah River Bridges contract (project #7166) was awarded to Bridges, Inc. Newton, KS for $516,799.00 earlier this month.
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 here: www.ksturnpike.com.
KTA awards contract for work under Ninnescah River Bridges
Dec 7, 2017
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. – The Kansas Turnpike Authority announces a bid has been approved and a contract awarded on an upcoming Turnpike construction project.
Project #7166 – Construction of a scour protection pad and placing rock slope protection at the Ninnescah River Bridges located at mile marker 26.815 I-35/KTA (Sumner County) was awarded to Bridges, Inc., Newton, KS for $516,799.
Construction details will be available soon on http://www.ksturnpike.com with impacts to traffic posted on http://www.kandrive.org/. Construction updates on this and other projects are published monthly in KTA’s electronic newsletter. Sign up to receive the newsletter using the form located at the bottom of any page on www.ksturnpike.com.
Open road tolling to open near Kansas City
Dec 4, 2017
WICHITA, Kan.— Beginning December 5, the newly converted Kansas Turnpike toll plaza near Kansas City (I-70/KTA mile marker 217) will be fully operational. Eastbound I-70/KTA drivers traveling through the area should expect the following changes:
- Electronic users continue traveling at highway speeds through the toll area.
- Cash travelers exit right to toll plaza for toll payment.
Since August, westbound I-70/KTA (entry) traffic has already experienced open road tolling with electronic customers staying on the roadway and cash travelers exiting right to receive their ticket.
Customers should expect the traffic conversion to take place in early afternoon. Going forward, in order to properly maintain equipment, routine maintenance will occur overnight and require lane closures. The highway speeds, for the next few months, will be lower than the rest of the roadway to allow for construction and technology crews. Please follow posted speed limits through the area.
Since March, the Eastern Terminal toll plaza has been under construction to convert the toll area to a new style of tolling known as open road tolling. Open road tolling allows highway-speed travel in electronic lanes but still provides a cash option.
KTA reminds drivers to not stop in the electronic lanes. Drivers that forget their ticket at the Eastern Terminal toll plaza can let their collector know when exiting (or press the help button on a self-pay machine). Drivers that forgot to pay at the plaza will receive a mailed violation at a higher rate.
KTA releases annual report for fiscal year 2017
Dec 1, 2017
WICHITA, Kan.— The Kansas Turnpike Authority has released its annual report for fiscal year 2017. The report highlights activities and audited financial statements between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 revolving around the theme “Building the Foundation.”
“By following our financial plan and maintaining our commitment to always be improving, we are building a strong foundation for modernized tolling in Kansas,” said Steve Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer.
As the KTA enters a peak year for projects outlined in the current 10-year plan, the organization is in a good position to serve its customers, communities and the state long-term. This is reflected by the recent change in the Turnpike’s bond rating. Moody’s upgraded KTA’s bond rating to Aa2, the highest rating for a government-owned toll road.
The annual report can be found on the KTA website at http://bit.ly/2zHa36I.