The six service areas along the 236-mile Kansas Turnpike from Kansas City, Kan., to Wichita are getting face-lifts, a turnpike authority official said today.
"We're rebuilding all the service stations at all of the service areas," said Lisa Callahan, the KTA's director of public relations.
"They're 30-some years old and they've outlived their usefulness," Callahan said. "We're building them with more contemporary-style buildngs. We're doing away with the old garage-style buildings."
Callahan said the new service stations will be similar to the convenience store approach that most gasoline sellers now use.
"They will be the same services that are available now," she said. "They have not used those garages for a number of years."
Callahan said the remodelings currently are taking place at all of the service areas and should be finished by July 31.
She said the service area buildings are owned by the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which contracts with Coastal Mart Inc. to run them.
The turnpike, which opened in 1956, has a service area five miles east of Lawrence and also near Topeka, Emporia, Matfield Green, Towanda and Belle Plaine.