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Cashless KTA turnpike opens on Kellogg Monday

Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 5:00 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A new cashless exit from the Kansas Turnpike to Kellogg Avenue is scheduled to open Monday morning.

When using the new exit, drivers on the turnpike will use Exit 53A for West US 54/Kellogg Avenue and slowly merge into westbound traffic.

If you normally use cash or card instead of paying at a tollbooth, you now will have 10 days to go online and pay at paykta.com.

If you do not pay the toll within 10 days, a statement will be mailed at a higher rate. If you have a K-tag, you don’t need to do anything. If you don’t, cameras will get a photo of your car tag.

Kansas Turnpike Authority Director of Customer Relations Rachel Bell said drivers will notice more changes with modernization efforts.

“Drivers along the turnpike are going to continue to see modernization efforts, additional overhead gantries with equipment on them. So we are moving forward with our strategic plan to become cashless and we’re really excited about that,” Bell said. ]

She said the easiest way to pay for tolls on the turnpike is always with a K-tag. Those customers receive an electronic discount. The KTA hopes the new exit will help drivers who have been using Exit 50 at Kellogg and Webb Road. Those drivers have been doing U-Turns in order to go west on Kellogg.

Among those looking forward to the change is Kevin Reamey with Foor and Decor, located at Kellogg and Webb.

“It’ll be amazing for a lot of people, just because of the simplicity of it,” he said. “I know nowadays, everybody is in a rush, so I think that’ll be a lot of help for some people.”

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