TOPEKA (AP) – The top official of the Kansas Turnpike Authority did not discuss the merits of a proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback to merge the agency with the Kansas Department of Transportation during a meeting with a House committee.
Rep. Marc Rhoades, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, told the head of the Turnpike authority, Michael Johnson, that the proposed merger could be debated later. He said on Thursday that he wanted his budget committee to have background on the state’s only toll road first.
The authority operates and maintains the 236-mile toll road that stretches from Kansas City, Kan., to the Oklahoma border.
Brownback has estimated the state could save $15 million in each of the next two years by combining the transportation department and the Turnpike Authority.