Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Royals fans urged to travel early to World Series games

World Series traffic congestion can be expected around the Truman Sports Complex, particularly along I-70 and I-435 from midday today throughout the early evening. MoDOT urges baseball fans heading to the game to leave in plenty of time to ensure you are parked and in your seat by the 7:07 p.m. start of Game 1.

A sell-out crowd combined with the usual afternoon rush hour traffic can lead to backups and delays for those who are accustomed to normal game-day traffic. MoDOT and Kansas City Scout will do their part to help. Motorists are urged to check up to the minute traffic conditions online before heading out by going to www.modot.org and clicking on the Traveler Information Map, and also to www.kcscout.net for the latest information on delays and congestion. Scout message boards along major routes will help alert motorists to any potential problems. 
Fans going to Wednesday's game should also expect the same conditions.

For both games, the parking lots will open at 2 p.m. and the stadium will open at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Additional improvements being made to Kellogg in Wichita

Highway expansion that will reduce congestion, increase capacity and improve traffic flow on the city’s east side was announced on Thursday by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The work, which is being planned and funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation, the City of Wichita and the Kansas Turnpike Authority, will include new U.S. 54 interchanges at Webb Road and Greenwich Road and new KTA ramps at U.S. 54.

“This is a great collaborative effort between the city, state and turnpike authority,” said Gov. Brownback. “Everyone will benefit from this project.”
Wichita City Councilman Pete Meitzner, who represents District II, which includes the project, said the improvements will improve commute times and traffic safety on the east side.

“This multi-agency partnership will serve motorists, residents and businesses in the Wichita area,” Meitzner said. “The project strategically addresses traffic flow and growth at two of the busiest east-side intersections.”

The work that will begin in 2015 is an expansion of a city/state interchange project at Webb Road for which bids came in significantly over budget earlier this year. That prompted discussions between the city, state and KTA about alternative design and cost-sharing approaches that would benefit travelers on all three systems.

“From those discussions, a cost-share study was undertaken with the aim of producing overall improvements along Kellogg/U.S. 54 and the turnpike ramps,” said Transportation Secretary Mike King, who also serves as KTA director.

“KDOT, KTA and the city have joined together to save time, expand the project scope and limit the construction impacts on traffic on all systems,” said Secretary King.

The total cost of these U.S. 54 corridor improvements is expected to exceed $300 million. The KTA will invest $24 million on the toll road interchange and ramps, only. The remaining amount will be shared by KDOT and the City. The improvements are projected to be completed in 2019.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KDOT and KTA celebrate the combined facility at Emporia

Kansas Transportation Secretary and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority Mike King officiated the grand opening of the combined KDOT and KTA field office in Emporia today.

The Emporia field office is the first co-located KDOT/KTA facility and symbolizes the formalized partnership between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority enacted during the 2013 Kansas legislative session.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

$380 million to be invested in North Central Kansas -

Local consult meetings conclude today in Salina.  Participants heard updates on projects in the North Central region. More than $380 million worth of projects will be invested in the region by the completion of T-WORKS.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lots happening in Hays today -

Packed room in Hays for the Northwest Local Consult meeting. More than $500 million in projects for this region will be completed before the end of T-WORKs.
Later today, a local bridge improvement program announcement will be made.
Stay tuned for that.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Local bridge improvement program recipients announced tomorrow in Hays

The recipients of 77 local bridge projects will be announced by Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King. Also scheduled to speak are Ellis County Commissioner Barbara Wasinger, Kansas Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chad Bontrager and Kansas Association of Counties Local Road Engineer Norm Bowers.

Time: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14

Location: Kansas Highway Patrol Conference Room, 1821 W. Frontier Rd. 

What: Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King will announce the recipients of Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program funding Tuesday in Hays.

KDOT is providing funding to improve, replace or rehabilitate locally-owned, deficient bridges in order to improve the overall system in Kansas. This bridge program targets bridges with a daily vehicle count of less than 100 and a length of 20 to 50 feet.