Archive for Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CR1 progressing faster than anticipated

Road to open in September, turnpike exit still scheduled for November

August 5, 2009

Drivers from Tonganoxie to Eudora soon will have reason to be thankful: A rebuilt Leavenworth County Road 1 is scheduled to be carrying traffic early next month.

“That’s opening earlier than I anticipated,” said Rex Fleming, project engineer for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which is managing the work. “That’s good news for us. It’s good for the residents, and that’s the main thing.”

The combined $18 million project — mixing together money from the turnpike authority, Leavenworth County, city of Tonganoxie and state and federal departments of transportation — long has carried a deadline of late 2009.

Now the finish lines are taking shape.

In early September, Fleming said, the rebuilt section of County Road 1 will be open to traffic. It’s a 5.62-mile stretch of road, from just south of Tonganoxie, at the intersection with U.S. Highway 24-40, to the intersection with Kansas Highway 32.

The project features wider lanes, paved shoulders and a smoother profile, so drivers will be able to see better by driving on lower hills and through shallower dips. The work also includes a new bridge over the turnpike, something that’s been in place for months but unavailable to drivers as they pass underneath.

The new turnpike interchange itself is set to open by Thanksgiving, and it will come with its share of firsts.

The interchange will be a first for Leavenworth County, and it will operate without any workers on site. The exit and entrance booths will be fully automated.

Traffic entering the turnpike 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 ticket printer.

Each ramp for drivers exiting the turnpike will have two options: A single lane for K-TAG users, or two lanes equipped with automated payment machines. Those machines will read a driver’s turnpike ticket, then inform the driver how much of a toll is owed; drivers then pay using paper bills, coins or a payment card.

Anyone with a problem will be able to communicate with an actual toll attendant off-site for assistance, using a push-button connection via video and audio.

— Transportation reporter Mark Fagan can be reached at (913) 832-7188. Visit his Wheel Genius blog at, and follow WheelGenius at


Rocket 10 years, 11 months ago

The city of Tonganoxie needs to anex further south soon. The city limits needs to go past 24/40 & Co. Rd 1.


showinquarters 10 years, 11 months ago

From someone who lives right off of CR1, this is wonderful! I cannot wait to use this road regularly and for the full interchange off/on ramps to be open in November... great job everyone!!


AmyH 10 years, 11 months ago

It is sad to think that nobody will be able get to a job at the toll booth. The exit and entrance booths will be fully automated. I hope everyone has the right change.


Trouble 10 years, 11 months ago

What is wrong with you people. Tonganoxie can't afford to anex in anything! If you were a farmer that lives on county road 1 then this is not wonderfull. There are People that has farmed there for years and years that are going to be run out and that is not wonderfull. I bet most of these blogers haven't lived in Tonganoxie their life time. They moved here and they want what they left in the big city's. I say go back and leave us alone!!


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