Friday, April 21, 2023

Highway workers keep Kansas moving

We’re wrapping up National Work Zone Awareness Week with a final video that wants you to think about the workers.

What if there weren’t highway workers patching potholes, replacing signs, fixing guard rail, mowing right of way, plowing snow throughout the winter or providing traffic control in emergency situations? These a just a few of the duties performed, sometimes day and night, by highway workers across Kansas. 

Think about these people working to improve safety on the roadways for you. Take these important work zone safety messages that have been shared this week - pay attention, slow down, follow traffic control and use extra caution – and remember them all year long.    

Click HERE for the video.       

To all of you who work alongside the highways, thank you for everything you do to construct and maintain our roadways. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. 

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Close calls in work zones happen all too often

Kansas highway workers share some chilling details of close calls they have experienced in work zones in the final “In Their Boots” video series.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a rural two-lane highway or a multi-lane urban expressway – the stories shared happen all too often while highway workers are trying to do their jobs. 

Please remember there are people in these highway work zones who want to go home to their families at night. 

Click HERE for the video.         

To all of you who work alongside the highways, thank you for everything you do to construct and maintain our roadways. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Playing an instrument while driving through a work zone?

“On the Road” is the second video in the series, “In Their Boots,” with Kansas highway workers talking about some careless and dangerous things they have seen motorists doing while driving in work zones.

Some of these activities will shock you. Unfortunately, most of these things don’t shock highway workers. But every once in a while, something will surprise them. Guess what musical instrument a highway worker saw a driver playing while driving through a work zone?

Find out what instrument it was and listen to some basic advice highway workers share on how motorists can improve safety. 

Click HERE for the video.           

To all of you who work alongside the highways, thank you for everything you do to construct and maintain our roadways. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

What it's like to be in their boots

Today’s video blog is the first of a three-part series titled, “In Their Boots.” This video features KDOT and KTA highway workers explaining what motorists would see, hear and feel if they were in a work zone, inches from traffic.

The highway workers also share a few basic safety tips for driving through work zones.

Click HERE for the video.  

To all of you who work alongside the highways, thank you for everything you do to construct and maintain our roadways. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.     

Monday, April 17, 2023

Striving to improve work zone safety

Making improvements to traffic control and information that helps guide drivers as they travel through a work zone, reflective clothing to make highway workers more visible and other items in work zones has been an ongoing priority for KDOT the past several years. Safety is a team effort for KDOT, KTA, contractors and others who work along the roadways.

In today’s video blog, KDOT Maintenance Bureau Chief Robert Fuller joins KDOT highway workers from across the state to highlight some of these work zone safety improvements.

Click HERE for the video.

To all of you who work alongside the highways, thank you for everything you do to construct and maintain our roadways. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Don't drive distracted in work zones

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 17 to 21. This important safety campaign educates the public of the need for safety in work zones for both highway workers and the traveling public.

 This year, we have a video blog series that will highlight KDOT and KTA highway workers across the state every day next week. All the videos were created by KDOT’s Multimedia Services Division.

We’re starting the series early with KDOT’s new Public Service Announcement. Inattention is the top contributing circumstance of work zone crashes. The PSA shows how dangerous distracted driving can be in a work zone. It will air on TV stations across Kansas in April and May.

Click HERE to watch the work zone safety PSA.

To all of you who work alongside the highways, thank you for everything you do to construct and maintain our roadways. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Celebrating women who made transportation history


From the sea, across land, and all the way to the stars, women have made an incredible difference on our world.  March is Women’s History Month and we would like to take the time to share with you some incredible women who had a great impact on transportation.

Nellie Bly: Have you ever read the book by Jules Vern, Around the World in 80 Days? The classic adventure told the story of Phileas Fogg and his desire to circumnavigate the earth in 80 days. Elizabeth Jane Cochrane was a journalist who went by the name Nellie Bly, and she was inspired by the book. In 1889, at the age of 25, she traveled around the world — and she did it in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds. According to she used a variety of transportation methods to achieve her lofty goal, including: ship, horse, rickshaw, sampan, burro and other vehicles.

Anne Rainford French Bush: In 1900, cars were just starting to be manufactured and there were only a handful of people who actually owned and drove them.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Anne Rainford French Bush was the first woman who obtained a “steam engineer’s license,” which allowed her to operate a four-wheeled vehicle powered by steam or gas.” In an article in Life Magazine from Sept. 1952, Bush said that the speed limit was nine miles an hour, and her father was pulled over for going 12 miles an hour in his convertible.

Alice Huyler Ramsey: In 1909, 22 year-old Alice Huyler Ramsey, drover her way into history as the first woman to drive coast to coast across the United States. According the Smithsonian Magazine, her 3,800 journey from New York to California took 59 days to complete. In those days, there was no GPS and the majority of America’s roads were not fit for long distance travel. Ramsey relied on the Blue Book travel guides with directions that weren’t always accurate. Ramsey and her three women passengers had to conquer many obstacles, including car trouble, inclement weather, and the fact that there were no directions west of the Mississippi River. Ramsey would eventually be the founder of the Women’s Motoring Club.

Olive Dennis: According to, In 1920, Dennis was hired by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to work as a bridge designer in the engineering department. Later, her role changed to a service engineer where she was responsible for engineering upgrades that would make train rides more comfortable. Dennis invented reclining seats, stain resistant upholstery, adjustable ceiling lights that could be dimmed in the passenger cars. Arguably her greatest invention was the window vents that brought in fresh air, but kept the dust out and air conditioning that was used aboard the trains and also implemented in planes and busses. Dennis said, “No matter how successful a business may seem to be, it can gain even greater success if it gives consideration to the women’s viewpoint.” She was also the first female member of the American Railway Engineering Association.

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) During World War II, the army was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built training aircraft to flight schools. Twenty-eight women pilots volunteered to take job of ferrying these aircraft. For the next two years, 1,074 more women volunteered and they were trained to ferry, tow gunnery targets, transport equipment and personnel, and test aircraft that had been repaired. 

According to, the WASP served at 120 different bases around the country and carried out a variety of aviation-related positions. The WASP asked Walt Disney if they could use a female gremlin character, called Fifinella, from an unaired cartoon as their mascot.

Although It took another 37 years before they were granted military status, these women played an important role in WWII.

“These 1,102 Women Airforce Service Pilots flew wingtip to wingtip with their male counterparts,” the site said. “And they were just as vital to war effort.”

Rosie the Riveter:  This famous icon represents all the women who went to work as the men were fighting in World War II. Rosie the Riveter was a campaign geared toward recruiting workers for defense industries. By the end of the war, one out four women worked outside the home.

The aviation industry saw the most women workers. According to, 310,000 women went to work in the U.S. aircraft industry.

Rosie the Riveter is slightly based on a real-life munitions worker, and she stressed the patriotic need for women to continue working. The term is also based on a song of the same name.  The most popular illustration of Rosie was created by artist Jay Howard Miller in 1942. Norman Rockwell also created his own Rosie in 1943.

Rosie the Riveter continues to be an inspirational icon for women across the world.

Janet Guthrie: Ever since auto racing got its start, it has been a predominantly male sport. But in the early 1970's a woman with a degree in physics by the name of Janet Guthrie wanted to change that. In 1976, she became the first woman to compete in a NASCAR race, and in the following year she became the first female driver to start in the Daytona 500. She won Top Rookie honors because of her 12thplace finish in NASCAR’s biggest race. Later that year she qualified for the Indy 500. Although her racing career never saw her in victory lane, she paved the way for countless female race car drivers. In 2005 she was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Sally Ride: Nasa was formed in 1958, and it would be another 25 years before an American woman would blast off into Earth’s Orbit. Sally Ride, was born on May 26, 1951. Ride received her doctorate in physics in 1978. After she completed her studies, she applied to become an astronaut for NASA and was selected, she began spacing training that same year. On June 18, 1983, Ride took her first space flight on the Challenger. She returned to space in 1984 and continued to work for NASA until 1987 and began teaching at the University of California in San Diego to help women and young girls study science and math. She was added to the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003.

Mae C. Jemison Nine years after Ride took her first spaceflight, Mae C. Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. Jemison was born on Oct. 17, 1956. She studied chemical engineering. According to, Jemison also received her M.D., and worked as a medical officer for the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In 1985, she returned to the United States and followed her dream to become an astronaut for NASA. In 1987, she was chosen and after five years of working for NASA, she boarded Space Shuttle Endeavor and blasted off on Sept. 12, 1992. She spent eight days in space and conducted experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness on the crew and herself.