- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Turnpike Authority officials say they are keeping a close eye on traffic between Kansas City and Lawrence out of concern that the recently completed South Lawrence Trafficway could take revenue away from the Turnpike

Authority spokeswoman Jeri Biehler tells the Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/2ia13LW ) increases and decreases in traffic have been observed at toll plazas in that area.

“Any time there is a major traffic change, it takes three to four months for traffic to normalize. At this point in time, we are waiting to see what that traffic does and how things shift,” Biehler said.

The completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway allows motorists traveling from west Lawrence to Overland Park can shave several miles off the trip and pay no toll. And a person driving from Topeka to Overland Park can also shave off miles and pay only $1 in toll to get off the Turnpike at Lecompton instead of paying $3 to go all the way to the eastern terminal and then using K-7 or Interstate 435 to head south to Johnson County.

An annual report released by the Turnpike Authority on Wednesday shows that they collected just under $108.5 million in tolls this fiscal year, an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

According to that report, nearly 40 million vehicles got on and off the Turnpike in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The five terminals between the Lawrence-Lecompton exit and the eastern gate near Kansas City handled nearly a third, or 12.7 million of those vehicles.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com


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