The Kansas Turnpike
Authority recently authorized a project to widen I-70 between its
East Topeka and Lecompton toll plazas, according to public relations
director Lisa Callahan.
12.69 miles in length, will add an additional driving lane in each
direction. The cost of the project, which includes drainage changes
and a new 51-inch median barrier, is estimated to cost $108.6 million
and is scheduled to be completed in 2005 or 2006.
the turnpike authority's engineering consultant, HNTB Corp., recently
said the Kansas River Bridge at Lawrence would reach the end of its
useful life in 2012. As a result, the turnpike authority approved
the preliminary steps necessary to have a replacement bridge in place
by that time. The replacement of what is known as the J.L. Fisher
Bridge, together with interchange improvements at plazas 202 and 204
in Lawrence, is estimated to cost $131.9 million and would be completed
sometime between 2009 and 2012.
These two projects
were identified in a long-term needs study conducted by HNTB Corp.
and presented to the Kansas Turnpike Authority in the spring of 2001.
Other projects identified in the report include replacement and relocation
of the Topeka service area, replacement of the aging service area
facilities in Matfield Green and at milepost 65 in Towanda, and the
relocation of the southern terminal.
and relocation of the Topeka service area and the replacement of the
Towanda service area facilities are now complete. The relocation and
reconstruction of the southern terminal interchange and the replacement
of the Matfield Green service area facilities are both under construction
and should be complete in mid-2003.
-By Rene Tankersley,