Kansas Turnpike Authority

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The Kansas Turnpike Authority opened its first electronic bypass tolling lanes at a terminal in eastern Kansas.

Rachel Bell, business services and customer relations director for KTA, says the “open road tolling” option is for people who use a K-TAG to pay their tolls.

"It’s a large safety enhancement from the perspective that it’s separating those highway speed lanes from the slower or stopped traffic at the toll plaza," Bell says.

Cash lanes are still available for drivers to stop and get or pay a toll ticket.

City of Wichita

Updated Saturday, Dec. 3, 4:00 p.m.: East Kellogg between Rock Road and Webb Road is now reopen to traffic after contractors completed removal of the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) bridge earlier than expected.

According to a release from the city of Wichita, demolition of the bridge began just after 10 p.m. on Friday night and was completed well in advance of the projected Monday morning schedule. 

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Drivers who pay tolls with cash on the Kansas Turnpike will have to pay more, beginning in May.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced Wednesday that cash tolls will increase 10 percent while costs for those who use the electronic K-Tag will get discounts.

The revenue from the tolls will help pay for a more than 40 projects on the turnpike in the next decade. The projects include spending $14 million annually on pavement, up to $20 million to improve service areas and $25 million on an interchange in Wichita.

Senate Leaders Considering KDOT/KTA Merger

Mar 15, 2013

A limited merger of the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Kansas Department of Transportation recently passed the House, but leaders in the Kansas Senate may be interested in something a bit more comprehensive.

House Advances Partial KDOT/KTA Merger

Mar 8, 2013

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a limited merger between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which manages the 236-mile toll road.

Kansas Turnpike Rates To Increase Feb. 1

Nov 5, 2012

The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced Monday that cash rates for cars and light trucks will increase an average of 10 percent on February 1.

Rates for K-TAG users will increase an average of 5 percent.

Drivers of large commercial vehicles will pay about 5 percent more, whether they pay cash or use the electronic K-TAG.

The Turnpike Authority said in a news release Monday the increased revenue will pay for future capital needs, including deck replacements for some of the turnpike's 348 bridges.

No tax dollars are used to maintain the turnpike.