High speed toll lanes open Wednesday at east Topeka interchange

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Good news for turnpike travelers who use the K-Tag electronic toll pass.

More high speed lanes will open at the east Topeka interchange of the Turnpike on Wednesday, as the Kansas Turnpike Authority gets close to completing the interchange project, which began about a year ago.

KTA officials say come tomorrow, westbound motorists with a K-Tag will be able to maintain a 65 mile-per-hour speed using the new left-hand lanes.

Next week, officials say they hope both eastbound lanes will be open as well. Currently only one high-speed eastbound lane is available to turnpike motorists. Turnpike officials say the $12.2 million-dollar project is “right on schedule.” 

Turnpike spokesperson Rachel Bell said the next high-speed lanes will be built at the southern terminal near the Oklahoma border. Because all other interchanges have ramps, high-speed lanes are not in the offing for immediate future. For the south Topeka interchange, the KTA is adding longer ramps and two dedicated electronic exit lanes.

The KTA has provided a video on how the new high-speed toll lanes will work:

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December 31 2021 11:59 pm