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.
October 2019 Construction Update
Read updates about our many active construction projects in the monthly report from David Jacobson, KTA’s Director of Engineering.
Equally important but not as time-intensive are KTA’s roadway maintenance activities.
Find out more here by opening the report below.
Drainage, Ramps & Pavement Improvements
Location: I-70/KTA, between mile markers 197 and 214
Scheduled Completion: Late fall 2020, weather permitting
I-70/KTA Drainage, Ramps & Pavement Improvements, MM 197-214, Scheduled completion late fall 2020. A project for improvements along I-70/KTA between the Lecompton and Eastern Terminal toll plazas that include: pavement resurfacing (MM 197.9-210.7 and the Lawrence Service Area), drainage improvements at two locations (MM 212.4 and 214.2); and lengthening the acceleration/deceleration ramps connected to the Lecompton and Tonganoxie/Eudora interchanges (MM 197, 212.)
Re-decking SW 85th Street & SW 93rd Street Bridges
Location: I-335/KTA, mile markers 168.297 and 169.627
Scheduled Completion: Late fall 2019, weather permitting
A two-year construction project to re-deck and increase the vertical clearance of two bridges crossing over I-335/KTA at mile marker 168.297 (SW 93rd Street) and 169.627 (SW 85th Street) began March 19, 2018. Reconstruction of the SW 85th Street Bridge was completed in 2018 and work on the SW 93rd Street Bridge will occur in 2019.
Bridge Construction near Emporia
Location: I-335/KTA between mile markers 129 and 130.3
Scheduled Completion: mid-November 2019, weather permitting
A two-year project involving ten I-335/KTA bridges northwest of Emporia resumes March 11, 2019. Construction includes re-decking and widening mainline bridges (mile marker 130.360), rehabilitating bridges (mile markers 129.18, 129.71, 129.96) and removing a mainline bridge over an abandoned railroad track (mile marker 130.120). Construction on the northbound bridges was completed in 2018 with work on the southbound bridge occurring in 2019.
Bridge, Drainage, Paving Construction
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.
Shaw Creek Road Bridge Construction
Location: I-35/KTA, mile marker 102.2
Scheduled Completion: November 2019, weather permitting
Shaw Creek Road Bridge Construction, mile marker 102.2, Scheduled Completion November 2019. A project to rehabilitate and increase the vertical clearance of the Shaw Creek Road Bridge crossing over I-35/KTA (approximately five miles north of the Matfield Green Service Area in Chase County) began in mid-June and is scheduled for completion this fall.
Flint Hills Bridge Construction
Location: I-35/KTA, mile markers 94 and 99.96
Scheduled Completion: Late December 2019, 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.
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 Construction near South Wichita
Location: I-35/KTA, mile markers 40.02 and 40.45
Scheduled Completion: Late October 2019, weather permitting
Work to rehabilitate four mainline bridges near the south Wichita interchange (I-35/I-135) begins March 11, 2019. Construction will begin with median crossovers on each end of the project, then work on the northbound side with all traffic using the southbound bridges between MM 39 and 41.
Southern Terminal Reconstruction
Location: I-35/KTA, mile marker 16-17
Scheduled Completion: December 2019, weather permitting
A project to convert the Southern Terminal located at mile marker 16.5 I-35/KTA to open road tolling began September 18, 2018. Included in the project is the reconstruction of two bridges crossing I35/KTA – the 30th Street South Bridge (mile marker 17) followed by the 40th Street South Bridge (mile marker 16).