Kansas Turnpike Authority says summer travel breaks records

Kansas Turnpike (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Travelers used the Kansas Turnpike more this summer than ever before.

Unaudited traffic numbers show 12.9 million vehicles traveled the 236-mile toll roadway between May and August.

It is a 2 percent increase over last summer.

The largest growth comes from passenger traffic. More than 11.4 million vehicles drove on the Turnpike May through August in 2014.

It represents a steady increase in passenger traffic since 2011.

When looking at passenger traffic by month, more vehicles used the Turnpike in May 2014 than in any other month. The May vehicle count of 2.9 million also broke the prior monthly record from July 2013 by more than 54,000 vehicles.

“We are pleased to see a very strong increase in our passenger vehicles over the summer,” said Turnpike Chief Operations Officer Alan Bakaitis. “That, along with the fact the average miles per trip has increased, leads us to believe that this travel is primarily leisure or vacation travelers.”

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