headed through Kansas won’t be driving on private roads any time
plan to sell the Kansas Turnpike, a 236-mile toll road, is dead
on arrival, a spokeswoman for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told The
Kansas City Star.
in the state had bandied about the idea of selling the road as a
way to bring money into the budget-battered state government. And,
The Star said, a conservative think tank had valued the road at
the head of the turnpike authority warned that any attempt to sell
the road would be "vulnerable to attack."
Kansas Turnpike was first opened in 1956. It runs along Interstate
70 from Kansas City, on the state’s eastern border, to the state
capital of Topeka, where it becomes I-335 and I-35 and turns south
toward Wichita. It continues all the way to the Oklahoma border.
highway has a reputation as one of the best-maintained roads in
the region. The tolls completely fund its operation, according to
the Turnpike Web site, and the road uses no tax money.