Kansas Owner Operator Jobs
For the owner operator in Kansas, once the Kansas City metropolitan area is cleared it's a clean shot across the state. Things can get a little backed up around Wichita and Topeka during rush hour, but otherwise driving across this wide-open state should be a breeze.
The driver who wants to make good time will avoid Kansas City during rush hour. The infamous Grandview Triangle, although it is on the Missouri side of the metropolis, still hangs up traffic at times. I-70 and I-35 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri also slow down frequently. In fact I-35 should be avoided completely during rush hour. This highway is a principal commuter route from downtown Kansas City to the suburbs in Johnson County, and traffic can slow to nearly a California-worthy crawl during the morning and evening rush hours.
The interstates outside of the cities are smooth sailing. I-70 is straight and mostly level all the way across the state. There are a few elevated sections in the Flint Hills, though. In the winter, the road is occasionally closed due to blizzard conditions. When this occurs, it usually affects the Interstate from Russell to the Colorado border.
I-35 is the other major interstate crossing the state. Between the Oklahoma border and Emporia, I-35 forms part of the Kansas Turnpike. Because I-35 runs basically from the Mexican to the Canadian border, truck traffic may continue to increase thanks to NAFTA. An alternative superhighway proposed in 2002 to parallel I-35 is on the back burner for now.
There are many two and some four lane state highways crisscrossing the state. Some of the four lane roads have been widened in recent years to facilitate truck traffic. The state is working on identifying other sections that can be improved pending funding being located. Like many states, Kansas state government is strapped for cash so there is no firm timetable on when highway projects will commence.
Kansas is one of a handful of states that charges ad valorem tax on trucks. The tax is based on the value of the equipment. There is an appeal process, but the owner operator in Kansas must file an appeal notice within 15 days of the mailing date of the tax bill.