Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday

We found this photo in our archives of two boys picking pumpkins.  We know the photo was taken in  October of 1966 but we don't know the identity of the boys.  If you know, tell us in the comment section below.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KDOT safety campaign receives national recognition

A Kansas Department of Transportation public affairs campaign to highlight the importance of work zone safety has received national recognition.

The recognition was announced earlier this month by the Transportation Communications subcommittee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). KDOT received a first place award in the category of “Special Events, Public Awareness Event” for its 2014 Work Zone Awareness Week’s Go Orange safety campaign.

KDOT also received honorable mention for the “Best Use of Social Media in a Campaign” for the same work zone safety effort.

AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

For more information about work zone safety, visit KDOT’s Go Orange web page.

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 and clicking on the Traveler Information Map, and also to 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.