Monday, June 27, 2016

Motoring Monday: Fourth of July celebrations

Fireworks light up the sky in Wamego.
Hundreds of Fourth of July celebrations will be taking place across Kansas this weekend as well as next Monday. Celebrations in northwest, north central, northeast, southwest, south central and southeast  Kansas are highlighted below.
Goodland’s 4th of July Freedom Festival – The cattle drive begins at 4 p.m. east of Goodland. Then other events will start at 6 p.m. at the Sherman County Fairgrounds and will include carnival rides, live entertainment and food before the fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. on July 4.
Salina’s Skyfire! Fireworks Display - A free concert will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the East Crawford Rec Area on July 4. The flag lowering and taps by the American Legion Riders will be shortly after 9 p.m.  Fireworks show will start at 10 p.m. 
Wamego Fireworks Show – Lots of events will be happening all day on July 4 around Wamego with a city carnival, car show, hot wheel races, ice cream and cake social, vocal and band concerts and parade leading up to the fireworks at the Recreation Complex at 10 p.m.
Dodge City’s Old Fashioned Fourth During the afternoon and early evening on July 4 at the Boot Hill Museum, there will be a watermelon feed, a seed spitting contest, a gunfight reenactment and games for the kids with a concert starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks will then be at Memorial Stadium at 10 p.m.
Derby Independence Day Celebration – During the evening on July 4, the celebration at High Park in Derby will include music, an ice cream social and kids’ activities with the fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.
Fort Scott’s 4th of July – The fireworks will take place at the Fort Scott Community College about 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. Then on Monday, July 4, there will be a parade and other activities taking place in Fort Scott throughout the day.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Heat Stroke Awareness at the South Steps Fridays

This Friday at the South Steps Fridays event at the Kansas Capitol, there will be a heat demonstration, to show how quickly your car can heat up to a deadly level. This video, from the Kansas Department of Children and Families,  shows a demonstration from the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office from two weeks ago.

This week's event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the statehouse lawn.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Work Zone Wednesday- Preservation on U.S. 40

For those born after 1960, U.S. 40 has always been a part of Interstate 70 in Kansas from the Kansas/Missouri state line west to Oakley. Not that long ago U.S. 40 stood alone as a major national highway across the USA. Now the only remaining section of U.S. 40 that's not a county road, is a stretch of former U.S. 40, from Salina to Ellsworth, and goes by the name of K-140. 

While the name may have changed the preservation of this length of roadway remains the same. Earlier this spring, work began on a bridge replacement on K-140 within the city of Brookville. The existing bridge will be removed and replaced with a new bridge. Traffic is reduced to one lane controlled by traffic signals and has a lane width restriction of 12 feet. Then beginning in early June, two more bridge replacement projects on the Ellsworth side of the Ellsworth/Saline County line began. These bridge projects follow a number are resurfacing projects conducted in the last five years and are a small but necessary part of preserving the highways here in Kansas.

The next time you are in the area take a drive on K-140 and drive on the last remnant of historical U.S. 40.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Growing turf grass

Kansas State University professor Jared Hoyle, PhD, along with researchers Jacob Reeves and Evan Alderman, are studying turf grass on a plot of land on  U.S. 283 near WaKeeney. The two-year-study is testing the right blend of turf grass that will do well on Kansas roadsides. Please watch the video and let Hoyle explain what they are doing on the side of the road, and how it will be beneficial to all roadsides in Kansas.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Motoring Monday: Cimarron National Grassland

The Point of Rocks at Cimarron National Grassland
The Cimarron National Grassland in Morton and Stevens counties comprises more than 108,000 acres and features three ecosystems (shortgrass prairie, sand-sage prairie and wooded riparian). It is the largest tract of public land in Kansas and is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

The Dust Bowl era of the 1930s left the land in poor condition so in 1938, the federal government purchased the land to restore it.  Now, bird watching, scenic driving, hunting, picnicking, camping, fishing and experiencing history are some of the activities people come to enjoy. A 30-mile self-guided auto tour travels along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

The third highest point in Kansas, Point of Rocks, is on the grassland at 3,540 feet. From here, Colorado and Oklahoma are visible on clear days.

For more information click here.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Work Zone Wednesday: A face lift on U.S. 36 in Norton

U.S. 36 in Norton, before the work began this summer.
U.S. 36 through Norton is getting a face lift this summer as part of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Geometric Improvement program.

The project, which began in April, will reconstruct and widen the existing four-lane roadway from West Ave. to near the U.S. 283 junction. Each lane will be widened from 10 1/2 feet to 12 feet. The expansion is necessary to improve roadway conditions and accommodate large truck traffic through the city limits. Smoky Hill LLC is the primary contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting.

KDOT is funding approximately 75 percent of the $1.9 million project, with the city covering the remainder.
Work being done on U.S. 36 in Norton. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Preservation project coming to Copeland

A $2.7 million preservation project will replace the asphalt pavement with concrete on U.S. 56 through Copeland. The planned improvements also include replacing or repairing curb and gutter and storm sewers. Smoky Hill, LLC, of Salina is the contractor.

This is one of 24 projects recently approved in the May 25 construction letting. To see the rest of the projects, click here.