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Construction Updates
The Kansas Turnpike currently has several construction projects underway.

Emporia: This project is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2008. It includes the realignment of Highway 50 and I-35 with the Turnpike. Motorists should watch for detours, construction workers and slow or stopped traffic as they enter or exit the Turnpike in Emporia.

Leavenworth County: 222nd Street (County Road 1) over the Turnpike in Leavenworth County is now closed for reconstruction. This is part of the project that includes the addition of the first Turnpike interchange in Leavenworth County. This project will affect travel on the Turnpike intermittently as temporary lane closures will be enacted for the safety of travelers and construction personnel. The insider shoulder will close permanently during construction.

Kansas River Bridge: The North Iowa Street bridge in Lawrence is closed for 6-8 months while it is being lengthened to make room for a wider roadway carrying Turnpike traffic underneath. This is an initial step in the Kansas River Bridge project. For more information on the timeline for this project, view the web site

Belle Plaine Service Area (Fuel Retailer ONLY): The fuel retailer and convenience store is currently closed for reconstruction. It is scheduled to reopen in late June. The new facility will include a larger store, more restrooms, additional pumps and easier-to-use diesel stations. Travelers are encouraged to check the level of their gas tanks prior to entering the Turnpike or fill up at the Towanda Service Area at milepost 65. The McDonald's restaurant and Travel Information Center at this Service Area will remain open as scheduled during this time.

Asphalt Projects : In 2008, two asphalt projects are scheduled between mileposts 50 and 70.8 and between mileposts 210.7 and 217. These two projects will involve lane closures. In accordance with KTA policy, not more than 5 consecutive miles will be closed at one time and one lane of traffic each direction will be maintained at all times.


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