Looking to travel through Kansas and pay your tolls? Here’s everything you need to know about how to pay tolls in Kansas.
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If you will be driving on any toll roads in Kansas, you will need to purchase a Kansas toll pass. The easiest way to do this is to buy a Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) pass. With this pass, you will be able to use any of the state’s 13 turnpikes without having to stop and pay at each individual toll booth.
If you will only be driving on a few of the state’s toll roads, you can also purchase passes for specific highways. For example, if you only plan on driving on the Kansas Turnpike, you can buy a KTA E-ZPass. These passes are also available for the following highways:
-Kansas Turnpike – East and West
-Kansas Highway 10 – East and West
-Kansas Highway 161 – North and South
-Kansas Highway 69 – North and South
You can purchase these passes online or at one of the customer service centers located along the highways. If you choose to purchase your pass online, you will need to create an account and then add your vehicle information. Once your account has been created, you can log in and pay for your pass. You will then have the option of printing out your pass or having it mailed to you.
If you would prefer to purchase your pass in person, you can do so at any of the customer service centers located along the toll roads. These centers accept cash, check, or credit card as payment.
The Different Types of Tolls in Kansas
There are several types of tolls in Kansas: the Kansas Turnpike, the Kansas expressway, the tolled bridge, and the tolled tunnel. The Kansas Turnpike is the most common type of toll road in Kansas. It is a limited-access highway that runs east-west across the state. The Kansas expressway is a tolled highway that runs north-south across the state. The tolled bridge is a bridge that has a toll booth at one or both ends. The tolled tunnel is a tunnel that has a toll booth at one or both ends.
The Kansas Turnpike
The Kansas Turnpike is a 236-mile all-electronic toll road that runs east to west across the state of Kansas. The turnpike stretches from the city of Wichita in the east toKansas City in the west. The Kansas Turnpike has eight interchanges and 10 toll plazas. All vehicles are required to have a Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) issued transponder to use the turnpike, which can be obtained online or at one of three customer service centers located along the length of the turnpike.
The K-TAG transponder is affixed to the inside of your windshield and is read by an overhead antenna as you pass through a toll plaza or interchange. Your account is then charged the corresponding amount based on where you entered and exited the turnpike, as well as what type of vehicle you were driving. K-TAG accounts can be linked to a credit card, debit card or bank account for automatic billing, or you can choose to replenish your account balance manually as needed.
If you do not have a K-TAG, you will be billed through License Plate Toll (LPT). With LPT, cameras capture images of your license plate as you pass through a toll plaza or interchange, and a bill for the corresponding amount is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Kansas River Bridges
There are several ways to pay tolls in Kansas:
– Kansas River Bridges: There are three bridges that span the Kansas River: the Lewis and Clark Viaduct, the Kansas Turnpike Bridge and the I-70 Eisenhower Bridge. All three bridges charge a toll for eastbound traffic only. The Lewis and Clark Viaduct charges a $1.00 toll for eastbound traffic only, while the Kansas Turnpike Bridge and I-70 Eisenhower Bridge charge a $0.50 toll for eastbound traffic only.
-Kansas Turnpikes: The Kansas Turnpike is a 86-mile long limited access highway that runs from Wichita toKansas City. The turnpike charges a toll for both eastbound and westbound traffic. The toll for eastbound traffic is $2.00, while the toll for westbound traffic is $1.75.
-Other Bridges: There are several other bridges that span rivers in Kansas, but do not charge a toll. These bridges include the Manhattan Bridge,the Emporia Bridge and the Topeka Bridge.
Other Tolls in Kansas
In addition to the turnpike system, there are several other types of tolls in Kansas. These include:
The Port of Wichita – The Port of Wichita is a river port located on the Arkansas River. Tolls are charged for using the port facilities and for using the river itself.
The Kansas City SmartPort – The Kansas City SmartPort is a multi-modal transportation hub located in downtown Kansas City. Tolls are charged for using the port facilities and for using the rail and truck lines that run through the port.
TheKansas Turnpike Authority- The Kansas Turnpike Authority is a state agency that operates the state’s turnpike system. Tolls are charged for driving on any of the turnpikes that are operated by the agency.
How to Pay Tolls in Kansas
Whether you’re driving on the Kansas Turnpike or any other toll road in the state, you have several options for paying your toll. You can pay with cash, with a credit or debit card, or with a toll tag. If you don’t have any of these options, you can also pay by phone. Let’s take a look at each of these payment options in more detail.
The Kansas Turnpike is a 236-mile (380 km) freeway that runs from the Kansas-Oklahoma state line, near Wichita, to Kansas City, Kansas. The turnpike is maintained and operated by the Kansas Turnpike Authority and is entirely within the state of Kansas. Unlike many other states, motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets while riding on the turnpike.
The turnpike has two mainline plazas and seven service plazas where travelers can stop to refuel, use restrooms, or purchase food and other items. All but two of the service plazas are located in the northeast quadrant of the turnpike; the two exceptions are at Milepost 192 in Wabaunsee County and at Milepost 57 in Miami County.
The mainlines plazas are located at either end of the turnpike:
– Winslow Plaza (Milepost 0) at the Kansas-Oklahoma state line; and
– Emporia Plaza (Milepost 186) in Lyon County.
Tolls are collected electronically via a transponder system or by license plate imaging; cash is not accepted at any location.
Kansas River Bridges
The following bridges span the Kansas River and accept electronic toll payments:
-I-70 Kansas River Bridge (Wyandotte County)
-I-635 Kansas River Bridge (Wyandotte/Johnson Counties)
-Kanza (Kaw) Point Bridge (Leavenworth County)
-Leavenworth Main Street Bridge (Leavenworth County)
-Lewis and Clark Viaduct ( Wyandotte County)
-North Lawrence Trafficway Bridge (Douglas County)
Other Tolls in Kansas
Tolls are not only found on the Kansas Turnpike. If you plan to drive on any of the following roads, you’ll need to pay a toll:
-K-7 Connector between Bonner Springs and KS 7 Highway in Johnson County
-Interstate 70 between Colby and the Colorado border in Sherman County
-US-69 Highway between Pittsburg and Frontenac in Crawford County
-US-400 Highway between Bourbon County and Montgomery County
-US-54 Highway between Grinnell and Hutchison in Reno County
The best way to avoid costly fines and fees when driving in Kansas is to make sure you have the proper documentation and that your vehicle is registered properly. If you’re stopped by law enforcement, you should be able to show them your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. If you’re renting a car, make sure the rental agreement includes these items. If you’re driving a commercial vehicle, you will need to have a valid dot number and an up-to-date manifest. Be sure to research the requirements for your specific vehicle and route before setting out on your trip.
If you do find yourself needing to pay a toll, there are a few options available to you. You can use cash, a credit or debit card, or set up an account with K-Tag or Pay By Plate MAXX. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to choose the one that best suits your needs.
No matter how you choose to pay your tolls, remember that safety comes first. Obey all traffic laws and signage, and never attempt to cross a bridge or enter a tunnel without the proper clearance. Doing so could result in serious injury or even death.