Beginning May 1, Lawrence commuters may pay as much as 10 cents more to drive to Topeka and up to 20 cents more to go to Kansas City on the Kansas Turnpike.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority has announced that tolls will increase an average of 10 percent for trips on the 236-mile turnpike.
Lisa Callahan, director of public relations for the turnpike, said the hike -- the first since 1986 -- would pay for increasing operation and maintenance costs. The authority eventually will use the extra revenue to finance turnpike expansions based on a 10-year needs assessment.
One of the recommendations in the assessment, compiled by the Kansas City, Mo.-based engineering firm of Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff, is that the highway be widened from four to six lanes between Kansas City and Topeka, Callahan said.
She cautioned that the authority has yet to act on any of the recommendations.
"In this study, they outline some future needs," she said. "The widening is not a project we're planning at this point. ... It's just something we know is coming."