Tuesday, September 2, 2014

U.S. airplane near collisons doubled last year

The number of times U.S. airplanes nearly collided more than doubled last year, though the biggest increase by far was in the low-risk category, a new Federal Aviation Administration report said.

Last year there also were 224 medium-risk near-misses, up 23 percent from 182 in 2012, the FAA report says. Meanwhile, the low-risk category leaped 100 percent, rising to 2,097 from 1,048. However, these spikes might simply reflect a leap in reporting.

The FAA technically calls near misses a "loss of separation." The top safety threat it identified revolves around communications, which impeded recoveries after planes nearly collided. The other top hazards were not issuing advisories, faulty monitoring, overly similar sounding call signs, and conflicting procedures. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Travelers, K-Staters beware of construction this weekend

Thanks to improving economic conditions, the travel industry group, AAA, predicts that more Americans will be traveling this holiday weekend than have the past five years. More than 2.7 million are expected to be traveling this weekend in the organization's West-North Central region which includes Kansas.

If you're traveling through Kansas this weekend, click here for some tips on how to avoid lines caused by construction.

Those headed to the K-State football game on Saturday will want to allow extra time as there are several construction projects along I-70 and U.S. 24.  Click here for the complete list of projects.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Here is a look at a K-96 bridge inspection in August 2007.  Bridge inspections play a critical role in making sure our transportation system is safe for travelers.   Approximately 88% of bridges on the state highway system are in good condition, which exceeds the agency's performance target of 85%. 

More than 5,000 bridges are found on the state highway system-- which is just a small portion of the total number of bridges in Kansas.  When you count all local roads and the turnpike, there are 25,067 bridges across the Sunflower State.  The average age of these bridges is 47 years.   To learn more about Kansas bridges, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Export Forum Today

More than 85 people are in attendance at today's export forum in Olathe.  KDOT along with the Kansas Departments of Commerce and Agriculture are hosting the event to bring together the public and private sectors to identify transportation challenges faced by businesses and discuss innovative ways to streamline supply chains and stimulate international trade.

 Please follow our twitter account KDOTHQ for updates from today's event.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Get online so you're not stuck in line this weekend

Whether you are getting ready for the last bash of the summer or getting ready to start football season it’s helpful to know what is on the road ahead. Before you get stopped by a big detour check out the KDOT’s travel planning system. 

The KanDrive website and 511 phone system can be used by travelers to help plan their routes throughout Kansas.  

KanDrive, www.kandrive.org, is the traveler website for Kansas and surrounding states and provides essential information for planning your trip. KanDrive includes camera images, interactive maps, road conditions and work zones, as well as links to transportation resources including rest areas and travel and tourism sites. 

Smartphone users can access the website by going to www.kandrive.org on their web browser and bookmarking the page to their home screen where it becomes a shortcut to the website and can function like a phone app. If users would prefer to use the text-based mobile website, it can be found at 511mm.ksdot.org.  

Much of the same information can be accessed by calling 5-1-1 in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) in the U.S. 

An additional feature on the KanDrive website is “My Kansas 511”, a free subscription based service that allows users to receive text or email message alerts about the conditions on the route they choose. To subscribe go to www.kandrive.org and select more travel info. 

KDOT encourages users to know before they go by using these services from home or in a vehicle that is parked at a safe location. If you are involved in a crash on a Kansas highway call *47 (*HP) from a cellular phone for a highway patrol dispatcher or dial 911.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Motoring Monday: Bridges of Cowley County

The Bridges of Madison County may have had a movie named after them, but there are three times as many Bridges of Cowley County in south central Kansas. The 18 stone arch bridges spread across the county have become a popular tourist destination in recent years. These structures, all built before 1920 and many located on the National Register of Historic Places, are located throughout the county.
For a map of the bridges, visit the Cowley County website by clicking here. Or you can contact the Winfield Convention and Tourism office for information on which bridges are easiest to access.
A few facts about stone arch bridges in Kansas –

  • There are a total of 165 stone arch bridges in 35 counties

  • The longest stone arch bridge (199 feet) is in Cowley County

  • The shortest bridge (20.01 feet) is in Ottawa County

  • The oldest bridge was built in 1870 in Pottawatomie County

  • The last stone arch bridge was built in 1956

Friday, August 22, 2014

Touch a Truck in Downtown Topeka

Need some plans for Labor Day weekend?   Check out Touch a Truck event in downtown Topeka.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the people that build, protect, and serve our cities.  Most of the trucks on-hand will be construction vehicles, but there will also be firetrucks and police cars. Children (and adults) will be able to touch, climb on, and learn about these big pieces of equipment and the people that operate them. 

"Touch a Truck" will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 30th. in Topeka on Quincy St. between 6th and 9th streets.

A number of our transportation partners, including the Kansas Turnpike Authority, are sponsoring this event.

Admission is free if you bring a canned good for Harvesters.