Friday, December 19, 2014

The Year in Search

"Did you try googling it?"  This is a top response in most offices when a colleague is having trouble finding the solution to a problem.

Many of us don't go a day without using a search engine of some kind.  What do those searches say about us?  Google answers that along with what the top searches were for 2014 in the video below.  Check it out and see if some form of transportation made the list.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Current Road Conditions

Here's the condition of Kansas highways as of 8:30 a.m. today.  The routes highlighted in pink are completely snowpacked, those in light blue are partially snowpacked and those in brown have slush. 

For the latest road conditions, please visit or call 511.  And for some winter driving tips, please click here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A remarkable journey

How do you transport something that weighs as much as 400 cars?  That's the question that ABB, a multinational corporation, had to figure out in order to transfer the world's largest HVDC transformers from Sweden to Brazil.  Find out how they did it in the video below.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Technology Tuesday: 10 inventions that will supercharge your journey

Tech Radar has identified 10 inventions that will revolutionize transportation in the future.  Click on the video below to check them out.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Here's a look at the Governor's mansion all lit up for the holidays.  Can you guess what year this photo was taken?  Here's a hint: "Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind."  Give us your guess in the comment box below.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

KDOT to transfer money from highway fund

Under the Governor’s allotment plan announced Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will transfer $95.7 million out of the State Highway Fund.
In addition, a 3 percent reduction from KDOT’s operations budget will be included in a rescission bill that will be considered by the 2015 Legislature. The 3 percent reduction amounts to $7.8 million out of an operations budget of $260 million. Although the 3 percent reduction will impact the agency’s salary budget, there will be no layoffs or salary reductions.

Projects announced under the T-WORKS transportation program will continue as planned. Projects already let under the 10-year program have cost less than planned, federal and state revenues have been higher than anticipated, and bond rates have been more favorable than expected. 

KDOT leaders also continue to look for savings through technology and innovation where possible.