|The overlook at Riverside Park|
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
If you are planning on traveling this long Independence Day weekend we want to remind you to be safe.
AAA Kansas predicts that 3.3 million people in this region will travel more than 50 miles over the holiday – the most Independence Day travelers since 2007. Kansas gas prices that are the lowest since 2005, will boost travel to a record level this year, according to Jim Hanni of AAA Kansas. Gas prices are 44 cents or 17% lower than they were a year ago.
KDOT and KHP safety experts caution travelers not to drink and drive. In 2014, 397 people were killed in traffic crashes throughout the nation during the Fourth of July holiday weekend and164 were alcohol-related. In 2015 in Kansas there were 417 crashes over the July 4 reporting period (6 p.m. Thursday July 2, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2015.) Two of those were fatality crashes and 99 were injury crashes. Of the 417 total crashes, 33 were alcohol-related.
Law enforcement agencies from across the state will be actively watching for impaired drivers.
“Travelers are going to take to the highway throughout the holiday weekend and we want them to take steps to make it to their destination safely,” KHP Lt. Adam Winters said. “We want people to enjoy the holiday weekend, but we want you to be safe doing so. For those planning to drink over the weekend, designate your sober driver before you celebrate. And any time you ride in a vehicle, buckle up and make sure children are in the appropriate child safety seats.”
Drivers can check KanDrive before leaving home for route delays and construction on www.kandrive.org. KanDrive includes camera images and interactive maps as well as links to rest areas and travel and tourism sites. KanDrive can be accessed from a smartphone.
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.
Know before you go by using these services from home or in a vehicle that is parked in a safe location. If you are involved in a crash on a Kansas highway call *47 (*HP) from a cell phone for a highway patrol dispatcher or if on the Kansas Turnpike, dial *582 (*KTA) or 911.
If you are planning on taking the Kansas Turnpike, the State Farm Safety Assist program is being expanded to provide assistance to travelers with roadside emergencies. The State Farm Safety Assist technicians are equipped with various equipment and tools prepared to help in any way they can, from assisting in tire changes, directing traffic, minor mechanical solutions and transportation to safety. All services offered are free to travelers thanks to State Farm’s sponsorship of the Kansas Turnpike’s program.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
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
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
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
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
|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
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.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
The demonstration will show how hot it can get inside of a car, and how quickly that heat turns deadly. They will also give tips and reminders about how to not forget your child in the car.
Today's event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kansas Capitol, 300 S.W. 10th St., Topeka. If you are unable to come to the event, you can see the social media efforts on twitter @DriveSafeKansas or facebook.com/DriveSafeKansas.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Kansas Byways Program has grown by one with the addition of the newly- designated Land and Sky Scenic Byway in northwest Kansas.
Land and Sky is the 12th Kansas byway to receive official designation from the Kansas Department of Transportation. The byway covers parts of Wallace, Sherman and Cheyenne counties.
“We are excited to extend the byway program into northwest Kansas with the Land and Sky Scenic Byway,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Mike King. “The state designation will create greater awareness of the agricultural significance and scenic beauty of this area for visitors and spur interest in the communities along the route.”
The 88-mile route on K-27 begins in Wallace County in Sharon Springs, runs north through Goodland in Sherman County, and ends in Cheyenne County north of St. Francis at the Kansas/Nebraska border. Travelers along the byway have the opportunity to experience the Wallace Branch of the Great Western Cattle Trail, scale the highest point in Kansas at Mount Sunflower and explore the deep canyons and rugged landscape of the Arikaree Breaks. The byway is also the only one in the state that focuses on agriculture and features thousands of acres of rotating crops, livestock and wildlife along the route.
“With its unique land formations and strong agricultural roots, we feel the Land and Sky Scenic Byway can help tell the story of agriculture to an increasingly urbanized nation,” Secretary King said. “Those driving along the byway will be able to see where some of their food is grown and maybe better understand the work of Kansas farmers and ranchers.”
The state designation will result in the placement of route markers along the byway, inclusion in the Kansas Byways Guide, a page on the Kansas Byways website at www.ksbyways.com and promotion on the Kansas Byways Facebook and Pinterest pages. The byway communities are also eligible for grant applications to enhance the route for visitors.
Local team members who worked on the byway application process include Helen Dobbs of St. Francis, Jayne Pearce of Wallace and Donna Price and Roxie Yonkey of Goodland. The group also received assistance from the Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace county commissioners and numerous committee members from the area.
The Kansas Byways program, a cooperative partnership of the KDOT; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Kansas State Historical Society; and local grassroots teams, identifies scenic and historic routes in the state and preserves, enhances and promotes the routes. For additional information, contact Scott Shields, Kansas Byways Coordinator, at 785-296-0853, or Sue Stringer, Kansas Byways Manager, at 800-684-6966.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
|The Sitka Junction now. the truck is going south in this picture.|
A project that came out of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s local consultation process and generated considerable local interest will soon wrap up east of Ashland in Clark County. The project rebuilt and relocated the intersection of U.S. 160, U.S. 183, and K-34 (known locally as the Sitka Junction).
|This view is from before the work was done on Sitka Junction.|
The project called for shifting a portion of U.S. 160, including the intersection, to the south and removing a portion of the hill just east of the junction. KDOT expects these changes to improve the sight distance for drivers at the intersection.
|Previously the only way to see the intersection was from on top of the hill.|
Most of the highway work is completed and the final excavation of the hill should be completed in June. APAC-Kansas, Shears Division, of Hutchinson was the primary contractor at a cost of approximately $2.7 million.
|KDOT is reducing the hill so that visibility is easier for drivers at Sitka Junction.|
Monday, June 6, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
|This geometric improvement project is being done in Coffeyville. The cost of the project is $763,900, the state is contributing 90 percent of the cost, and the city covering the remainder.|
Today's Work Zone Wednesday project highlights a geometric improvement project in Coffeyville that started in late March at the intersection of East 8th Street and U.S. 166/169 in the city of Coffeyville. The work includes constructing a right turn lane with an island for 8th St. eastbound traffic turning south on U.S. 166, new concrete pavement and a new water line.
KDOT awards Geometric Improvement (GI) funding annually to help cities improve intersections and address road deficiencies. Roads selected for GI funding are part of the state highway system within city limits. The percent of state funding awarded for each project is based on the size of the city and ranges from 75 percent for the largest cities to 100 percent for the smallest communities. The cities provide matching funds to cover the remaining costs.
This project, whose work is being done by Jeff Graham Construction, is expected to be completed by mid-July as long as weather permits. More information on this and other construction projects in Kansas can be found at KanDrive.