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Turnpike tolls set to increase in July

May 8, 2007

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The Kansas Turnpike Authority will raise some turnpike fees this summer. The fees will help pay for construction projects and operating costs.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority will raise some turnpike fees this summer. The fees will help pay for construction projects and operating costs.

Turnpike tolls set to increase in July

Most Turnpike tolls will increase about 5% starting July 1st. A spokeswoman for the Turnpike says the toll increase is needed to keep up with escalating costs and to help pay for future big-ticket items. Enlarge video

Start digging through the sofa cushions.

New turnpike tolls starting July 1 will cost Lawrence motorists a few extra nickels and dimes to travel to Topeka or Kansas City.

Kansas Turnpike Authority officials announced Monday that fees for most turnpike trips will increase by approximately 5 percent come July 1.

Lisa Callahan, a spokeswoman for the turnpike authority, said the toll increase is needed to keep up with escalating costs and to help pay for future big-ticket items. The largest pending project is the rebuilding of the two turnpike bridges that cross the Kansas River between the North Lawrence and West Lawrence interchanges.

"We need the increase to keep up with our operating costs and for capital intensive programs like the Kansas River bridge project," Callahan said. "Our philosophy has been to have small, modest increases periodically rather than large increases less often."

The construction project - slated to begin in 2008 - would replace the approximately 50-year-old bridges. The new bridges would be wide enough to accommodate three lanes of traffic in each direction, although there aren't immediate plans to widen that stretch of road to three lanes. The project is expected to cost about $140 million, or roughly the same amount as the entire turnpike cost to construct in the mid-1950s.

The toll increases are not across the board. Depending on where they start and where the end, some Lawrence motorists may not see an increase at all. Here's a look at some of the more popular Lawrence routes:

¢ From the Lecompton interchange to the East Topeka interchange, tolls will be unchanged at 70 cents.

¢ From the Lecompton interchange to the South Topeka interchange, tolls will increase 5 cents to 90 cents.

¢ From the West Lawrence interchange to the East Topeka interchange, tolls will be unchanged at 85 cents.

¢ From the West Lawrence interchange to the South Topeka interchange, tolls will increase 10 cents to $1.10.

¢ From the West Lawrence interchange to the terminal near Bonner Springs, tolls will increase 5 cents to $1.45.

¢ From the East Lawrence interchange to the East Topeka interchange, tolls will be unchanged at $1.

¢ From the East Lawrence interchange to the South Topeka interchange, tolls will increase 5 cents to $1.20.

¢ From the East Lawrence interchange to the terminal near Bonner Springs, tolls will increase 5 cents to $1.40.

The toll increase is expected to generate an additional $3.8 million in annual revenue for the turnpike authority, which has an operating budget of about $39 million.

Comments

plumberscrack 6 years, 11 months ago

prioress (Anonymous) says:

All major highways should be toll roads; maybe then they would be as nice and smooth as the Turnpike. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The reason the turnpike is so smooth is because if they had paid it off, the road would have been 'given back' as a free highway. But, as long as there is debt on it, they keep the road and keep charging us for the use! They're NOT going to give up their cash cow as promised when they first built this road!

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Kontum1972 6 years, 11 months ago

i dont use the turdpike unless i am traveling to colorado..and thats not often...why dont we just raise the price on everything at once and quit this nickel/dime poo

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prioress 6 years, 11 months ago

All major highways should be toll roads; maybe then they would be as nice and smooth as the Turnpike.

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JSDAD 6 years, 11 months ago

samsnewplace (Anonymous) says:

The Kansas Turnpike was built from 1954 to 1956, I realize it takes money to keep it in good condition, but I also realize how much it is used. My question, how many times over has this road been paid for already?

Once. the rest has been for the other items you mentioned and profit.

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samsnewplace 6 years, 11 months ago

The Kansas Turnpike was built from 1954 to 1956, I realize it takes money to keep it in good condition, but I also realize how much it is used. My question, how many times over has this road been paid for already?

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