Kansas Turnpike leaders approve $23 million project

LAWRENCE | The Kansas Turnpike Authority has approved a $23 million project to replace the last remaining stretch of original concrete on the turnpike.

The project northeast of Lawrence is scheduled to begin in June and last until November 2011.

The Turnpike Authority's board of directors approved the project last week to remove the 54-year-old concrete and replace it with fresh asphalt. It will be financed by turnpike tolls.

Nearly 30,000 vehicles pass through the area each day.

Micheal Johnson, CEO of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, says engineers are already working on designs and bids will be put out on the job late this winter or early spring.