A KTA, Kansas Turnpike Authority, sign was spotted on the wall of the BBQ restaurant in tonight’s episode of “Lie to Me – Smoked.” During many of the scenes shot on “Lie to Me – Smoked” during the “Jimmy’s DC Bar-N-Q” scenes, the blue and yellow KTA sign was seen hanging on one of the arch wall leaving the kitchen into the dining area. It is a sign that couldn’t be missed as the camera panned around from character to character in the scenes.
The KTA and Wichita, Kansas
The KTA runs through Kansas is also known as I-35. The turnpike has entrances and exits throughout Wichita, Kansas.
One good thing about the KTA is they keep the turnpike maintained very well. However, if you haven’t ever been through the Wichita area, you may not realize there is construction at the South exit.
One exit is just past the toll area in South Wichita. The city of Wichita has had construction at the 47th street area for over a year now. This area just past the exit can be very dangerous at any time during the day while trying to get onto the I-135 area going through Wichita.
Not only that it is hard to get onto the short jaunt of I-135 to get onto I-35 section of the Kansas Turnpike going south. Once I get past that section of construction when I travel the Kansas Turnpike into Wichita, it is smooth sailing north.
If you are not from Kansas or the Wichita area, you may become lost if you were to stop and ask directions that lead you through the I-135 corridor after exiting from the Kansas Turnpike. Many of the Wichita locals will refer to the I-135 corridor as the Canal Route.
This is due to the large canal that runs between the north and south bound lanes. This was built to help with the drainage issues on the turnpike and other areas that run along this part of Wichita.
If you are traveling south along “The Canal Route” south and ask for directions to get to I-35, locals, including myself, will refer to it as the Turnpike because the only free exit is at South Haven, Kansas. The KTA is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.
Rather than depending on taxes to maintain the Turnpike that runs through Kansas, the KTA has control over all maintenance and toll fees from the Oklahoma/Kansas border to Kansas City. The toll fees start 2 miles south of Wellington, Kansas to Kansas City, Kansas.
Lie to Me Smoked Episode 11-29-2010; CBS.com
Kansas Turnpike; Wikipedia.org
Kansas Turnpike Authority; KSturnpike.com