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Tonganoxie/Eudora Kansas Turnpike interchange to open on Dec. 29

Drivers using the new Exit 212, which connects with a rebuilt Leavenworth County Road 1, will not see any turnpike toll collectors on site. Instead, the interchange will be equipped with automated payment machines, similar to ATMs at banks or self-payment machines at grocery stores.

December 17, 2009

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The Kansas Turnpike’s new Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange will open at noon on Dec. 29.

Drivers using the new Exit 212, which connects with a rebuilt Leavenworth County Road 1, will not see any turnpike toll collectors on site. Instead, the interchange will be equipped with automated payment machines, similar to ATMs at banks or self-payment machines at grocery stores.

The interchange is the turnpike’s first in Leavenworth County, and the turnpike’s first to be equipped with such machines.

Traffic entering the turnpike at the interchange will have two options: Use a lane for K-TAG, which is for customers with readers on their windshields that automatically calculate and bill them for tolls; or use a lane with an automated ticker printer.

Drivers exiting the turnpike at the interchange also will have two options: Use a dedicated lane available for K-TAG customers, or use one two lanes equipped with automated payment machines.

The payment machines will read a driver’s turnpike ticket, then inform the driver how much of a toll is owed; drivers then will pay using paper bills, coins or a payment card.

Anyone with a problem will be able to communicate with an off-site toll attendant by using a push-button connection via video and audio.

The interchange is part of an $18 million project that rebuilt a stretch of Leavenworth County Road 1.

A dozen more interchanges are scheduled to get some automated machines in 2010, including the Lecompton interchange, at the western edge of Lawrence, and the soon-to-be-rebuilt East Lawrence interchange, which cuts through the northern edge of North Lawrence.

Also slated: An automated payment machine at the turnpike’s East Topeka exit, at the “small plaza” where drivers exit onto the Oakland Expressway.

Comments

Bobo Fleming 5 years ago

So highway 1 is rebuilt right to the Douglas County line and then you go across the bridge into Eudora Main Street- not rebuilt. This will be interesting

farva 5 years ago

uhm no....the road is rebuilt only to K32, which is miles to Eudora. Should've been rebuilt all the way though, but then again this interchange is useful for all of 10 people. Unless people in Eudora use it to get to KC instead of K10, who will use it? Was it built for the benefit of the urban sprawlers? It's out of the way for anyone to use it from Tongie to go east or west. Why pay a toll to go west, when 24/40 is free and angled to make it a shorter route too? You'd also be going way south just to be backtracking north to access it to go east....just doesn't make sense.

Maracas 5 years ago

What do they mean by "payment card"? Are they talking about your standard issue debit or credit card?

mellyandthejets 5 years ago

With the construction in North Lawrence, which won't be done until the start of the New Year, if that, I live in Tongie and willl be using the turnpike a lot more to get to Lawrence. It takes forever to go through North Lawrence with the construction. I am going to to use it to the west exit in Lawrence. Highway 20-40 can be slow moving to, since it is one lane, espically if you get behind a semi or something of that nature. I think its great!

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