The projects below represent KTA’s larger efforts to preserve and modernize the Kansas Turnpike. For more information about how these projects may impact traffic, visit kandrive.org. You can also learn more by viewing the most recent month’s Construction update below.
KTA maintenance crews work to provide a smooth ride for customers. You may encounter them performing routine maintenance along the 236-mile roadway. These less time-intensive projects normally do not cause traffic delays and are communicated only through social media and roadway signage. However, travelers should drive cautiously in all work zones.
Latest Project Developments
May 2020 Construction Update
Read the latest developments on our active construction projects in a monthly report by David Jacobson, KTA’s Director of Engineering. KTA crews also do ongoing maintenance that may impact traffic on a short-term basis.
Find out more here by opening the report below.
Ongoing Projects (South to North)
Ramp & Drainage Improvements at Wellington Interchange
Location: I-35/KTA, mile marker 19
Scheduled Completion: November 2020, weather permitting
A project near the Wellington toll plaza located (mile marker 19) began in March. The project will increase the drainage capacity with box culverts and extend the acceleration and deceleration lanes at the toll plaza.
Bridge Reconstruction & Ramp Improvements at Belle Plaine
Location: I-35/KTA, mile marker 25-26
Scheduled Completion: August 2021, weather permitting
This two-year project began in March 2020. This project will replace the overhead bridges at mile marker 25.473 and 25.474, remove the bridges at mile marker 26.260, north and southbound, and improve ramps at the Belle Plaine service area.
Location: I-35/KTA between mile markers 20-22 and mile markers 59-99
Scheduled Completion: End of 2020, weather permitting
A two-year project to increase the vertical clearance of 10 I-35/KTA bridges in Sumner, Butler and Chase Counties to at least 15’ 9” begins March 11, 2019. Construction will begin with the bridge located at mile marker 21.146 I-35/KTA (East 30th Avenue North), followed by bridges at mile markers 20.172 (East 20th Avenue North) and 22.147 (East 40th Avenue North) before moving to north to the seven additional bridges.
Wichita East Kellogg Expansion Project
Location: East Wichita, US-54/400 & I-35/KTA, mile marker 52
Scheduled Completion: late 2021, weather permitting
The City of Wichita, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority are partnering to improve travel in east Wichita. The collaborative plan includes new intersection designs at Webb and Greenwich and improved access to the Turnpike. The improvement effort will include two projects: the Webb Road intersection (City managed) and the Greenwich to K-96 corridor (KTA managed). All construction is anticipated to be complete in late 2021. For additional information, please visit initiative's website or follow @E54ict on Twitter.
Bridge Redeck & Widening near Andover
Location: I-35/KTA, mile marker 55
Scheduled Completion: November 2021, weather permitting
A two-year project to redeck and widen two mainlaine bridge near Andover (mile marker 55) began in March. Work will begin on the northbound side before switching to the southbound bridge.
Pavement Surfacing with Ramp Improvements at El Dorado & Cassoday
Location: I-35/KTA, mile markers 70-97
Scheduled Completion: October 2020, weather permitting
A project to resurface the mainline road on I-35/KTA from mile markers 70.8 - 96.3 began in March. Work will also include ramp improvements at the El Dorado and Cassoday interchanges that will begin first before resurfacing the mainline roadway.
Flint Hills Bridge Construction
Location: I-35/KTA, mile markers 94 and 99.96
Scheduled Completion: Summer, weather permitting
A project to deck mill and overlay on bridges in Butler County (mile marker 94) and re-deck and widen bridges in Chase County (mile marker 99.96) begins March 11, 2019. In Butler County, work will begin on the southbound side and in Chase County, work will begin on the northbound side. At mile marker 99.96, the southbound bridge work being extended to the 2020 construction season.
Bridge, Drainage, Paving Construction near Emporia
Location: I-35/KTA, between mile markers 112 and 133.2
Scheduled Completion: Summer 2020, weather permitting
Bridge, Drainage, Paving Construction, MM 112-132.2, Schedule Completion Summer 2020. A two-year project for expansion joints on northbound and southbound bridges (miles markers 124.68, 125.22), ramp and parking improvements at the Emporia service area (mile marker 132), drainage improvements (mile marker 132.2) and pavement mill and inlay (mile markers 112.3-133.2) began in August and is scheduled for completion summer 2020.
Bridge Redeck & Widening North of Emporia
Location: I-335/KTA, mile marker 143.1
Scheduled Completion: Late November 2020, weather permitting
A project to redeck and widen the north and soubound mainline bridges north of Emporia (mile marker 143.1). Work will begin on the northbound side, then switching to the southbound side when work is completed.
Drainage Improvements near Admire
Location: I-335/KTA, mile markers 151-153
Scheduled Completion: December 2020, weather permitting
This project began in March 2020 with work to increase drainage capacity near Admire at mile markers 151.5 and 153.8 on I-335/KTA with reinforced box drainage culverts.
Pavement Surfacing including South Topeka Interchange
Location: I-335, I-470/KTA, mile marker 167-183
Scheduled Completion: November 2020, weather permitting
A project to resurface the mainline road on I-335 and I-470/KTA from mile markers 167.7 - 183.3 began in April. Work will also include surfacing at the South Topeka toll plaza.
Pavement Surfacing east of Topeka
Location: I-70/KTA, mile marker 183-197
Scheduled Completion: October 2021, weather permitting
The project includes pavement surfacing between mile markers 183.3 and 197.8, resurfacing the Lecompton Interchange (mile marker 197), and expanding truck parking at the Topeka Service Area (mile marker 188.)