LAWRENCE | A new Kansas Turnpike exit under construction east of Lawrence will be the first to be run solely by machines.
The state expects to finish the $16.7 million exit at mile 212, in Leavenworth County, at the end of 2009.
The plan to have no employees there is part of a larger effort by the Kansas Turnpike Authority to reduce its staff of toll-takers from 200 to 180. The authority plans to eliminate low-traffic shifts at 10 exits.
Automatic Toll Payment Machines will tell drivers, by video, how to insert turnpike tickets, then take coins, bills or credit cards for payment.
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However, officials say employees at another location will be accessible through video and audio to answer questions.