Archive for Thursday, December 24, 2009

Interchange scheduled to open Dec. 29

December 24, 2009

The Kansas Turnpike’s new Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange is scheduled to open at noon Tuesday, 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-checkout machines at grocery stores.

The interchange is the turnpike’s first in Leavenworth County, and the turnpike’s first to be equipped with the automatic payment 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 of 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.

The work was a joint project of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, Leavenworth County and the city of Tonganoxie.

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