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TURNPIKE WORK DONE TO TOPEKA, NOT TO KC

September 4, 1999

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Drivers heading to Topeka on the Kansas Turnpike won't be seeing orange for a few months, but those heading to Kansas City will.

The construction between Lawrence and Topeka is finished for the year, and all four lanes are open once again.

"We still have some cleanup to do," said Tom Wurdeman, chief engineer with the Kansas Turnpike Authority. "The big construction is done."

The next project on that strip of Interstate 70 will start in early spring near the Topeka service area.

Those heading toward Kansas City shouldn't have any trouble with construction slowing their progress, but there will be work on the sides of the road. The Turnpike Authority is moving its collection point from milepost 224 to milepost 217. The new collection point should be open next fall.

"We'll maintain full traffic flow," Wurdeman said. "Some of the shoulder is shut down for a few miles."

The tolls won't change, Wurdeman said. The collection point is being moved further away from the Bonner Springs interchange to avoid traffic snarls. With a new NASCAR racetrack preparing to open in the area and work scheduled on the interstate and the Bonner Springs interchange, it's just going to be simpler to move, Wurdeman said.

"With all the traffic that is coming in with (the racetrack), it would cause us a bunch of trouble," Wurdeman said. "... It pays us to get out of the way."

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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