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KDOT Encourages Safe Holiday/Summer Travels

Traditionally, the Fourth of July holiday creates one of the busiest travel times on roads and highways in Kansas. Unfortunately, an increase in traffic increases the likelihood of traffic crashes, injuries and deaths.

KDOT travel information resources can help with planning your holiday or other summer travels and can keep you informed as you travel. By planning ahead, travelers can find out if their routes are impacted by road work and make other plans as needed. With weather updates provided every 15 minutes, Kansas 511 can also be a resource to help travelers learn about changing weather conditions.

Before traveling, call 511 anytime from any phone in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT 5368) from anywhere in the U.S. to find out about the latest driving conditions, work zone and travel weather information for the Kansas Turnpike and any Interstate, U.S. or state highway in Kansas and Nebraska. Phone numbers for road conditions in other states surrounding Kansas are also provided. Information is provided free from a landline phone; however, for cellular phone users, cell minutes may apply.

Road information can also be obtained by visiting the 511 Travel Information Map at http://511.ksdot.org that now includes 33 camera and 25 electronic message sign views across the state. The 511 map also provides links to other information, such as closed roads and driving conditions lists, travel information for other states and more. These and additional traveler information can be viewed by visiting KDOT’s new traveler information portal, KanDrive, at www.KanDrive.org.

En route travelers will also be informed of road conditions and road closings by Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) on I-70, extending from Topeka to Goodland, and on northbound I-135 and southbound US-81 in the north central region of Kansas.

In the Kansas City area, travelers can visit the Kansas City Scout Web site at www.kcscout.org for camera views and incident and message board information for many interstates in the Kansas City area.

Travelers can also use their handheld mobile devices, such as Smartphones or Blackberries to access a text report for construction project information by visiting http://511mm.ksdot.org.

If alcohol is going to be part of your holiday celebration, please don’t get behind the wheel; plan ahead and use a designated driver. This travel season, KDOT reminds travelers to stay informed, wear their seat belts, and watch out for motorcyclists and workers in work zones. For everyone’s safety, KDOT also reminds everyone not to text or call 511 while driving.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.