With tornado season upon us, the Kansas State Highway Turnpike Authority wants to remind drivers of the 30 tornado shelters located along the Kansas Turnpike.

Underneath the tollbooths and the Turnpike Plaza are concrete tunnels that serve as storm shelters and provide heat and electricity to the tollbooths.

“If we were evacuating people from their vehicles or the toll collectors from the plaza, we’re probably seeing the tornado, or it’s not too far from here,” Gruber told KMBC 9 News.

If the weather looks threatening, the highway patrol advises you have a plan in mind for shelter– plan ahead, you know your route, make yourself aware of the areas that offer shelter.

“You definitely want to have a plan during this time of the year,” Gruber said.

It is most important to remember — do not try to outrun the storm, and if you’re too far away from a designated shelter area, don’t try to race the storm. Tornados can shift direction without a moment’s notice. Get out of your vehicle and head for a ditch or the lowest point to the ground.

Below is a list of the Kansas Turnpike shelter locations:

Find a storm shelter on the Kansas Turnpike by location:

Southern Terminal Basement of toll building MM 16.5
Wellington Underground MM 19
Belle Plaine Service Area EZ GO Storage room MM 26
Mulvane (K-53) Underground, West of tollbooth MM 33
Mulvane (Casino) Basement of toll building MM 33
Haysville/Derby Underground, East of tollbooth MM 39
South Wichita Underground, West of tollbooths MM 42
K-15 Underground, West of Tollbooth MM 45
East Wichita Basement of toll office MM 50
K-96 Underground, East of tollbooth MM 53
Andover Underground, East of tollbooth MM 57
Towanda Service Area Large restroom MM 65
El Dorado Underground, South of toll building MM 71
North El Dorado Underground, South of tollbooth MM 76
Cassoday Underground, Northeast of tollbooth MM 92
Matfield Green Service Area Large restroom MM 97
Emporia Basement of toll building MM 127
Emporia Service Area EZ GO restrooms MM 132
Admire Underground, Northeast of tollbooth MM 147
South Topeka Above ground, behind toll building MM 177
Plaza 182, K-4 Underground, South of tollbooth MM 182
East Topeka Basement of toll building MM 183
Topeka Service Area Basement MM 188
North Lecompton Underground, South of tollbooth MM 197
South Lecompton Underground, North of tollbooth MM 197
West Lawrence Basement of toll building MM 202
East Lawrence Restricted access to tunnel MM 204
Lawrence Service Area EZ GO storage room MM 209
Tonganoxie/Eudora NONE MM 212
Eastern Terminal Basement of toll building MM 217

You can also click here to view a map of the storm shelters on the Kansas Turnpike.

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