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KTA hosts seventh annual design contest for teens

The Kansas Turnpike Authority is seeking submissions from creative students, grades 8-12, for its seventh annual Work Zone Awareness Week design contest.

“We see too many risky driving behaviors from drivers in work zones and it needs to change,” said Eric Becker, KTA Director of Roadway Operations. “Not only is it dangerous for the drivers, but also for our crews working on the roadway. We hope bringing this concern to the public will make people think twice about how they drive through work zones.”

This contest is one of several awareness efforts held in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation for National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15. The week aims to raise awareness about fatality prevention while traveling through work zones.

Teen students throughout the state are encouraged to participate. The winner will receive a $200 gift card. Additionally, they will get their art published in VYPE Magazine, a high school sports magazine for south and north central Kansas, including the Wichita and Salina areas.

Entries must meet specific criteria:

  • Submission must be submitted online at www.ksturnpike.com/contests by 11:59 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 27, 2022.
  • Open to Kansas students, grades 8-12 only
  • Art dimensions: 7.5 inches wide by 7.75 inches tall.
  • Must be 300 dpi
  • Must be in CMYK color format
  • Must be original work of the student—no clip art.
  • Do not use the KTA or KDOT logo in your design.
  • Must be in PDF format (However, art mediums incorporated into the final design may include, but are not limited to, illustration, photography, digital design, etc.)
  • Incorporate a work zone safety message. Message can include, but not limited to:
    • Work Zone Speed Limits
    • Distracted Driving
    • Driver/Worker Safety

Those interested in the contest can view details and previous winners at www.ksturnpike.com/contests.

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