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Kansas Traveler Information Map To Be Tested

It won’t be snowing Friday, but the 511 Traveler Information Map (511.ksdot.org) may look like a blizzard is covering the state.

The 511 Map will undergo a live simulation test beginning Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, to test its ability to handle information requests when the entire state highway system has snow and ice conditions. During the test, all the highways on the map will display colors simulating snow and ice conditions. KDOT staff will then use special software to bombard the site with thousands of information requests in a short time to identify the stress point at which the map’s performance slows or stops.

The test will be repeated on each Friday this month: Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26.

During the test, information about road work activities and incidents will be real but may not display as the stress point is approached. Users can turn off the snow and ice condition colors by un-checking “Roadway Weather Conditions” in the legend on the left side of the map. The real highway information will be available in the “Driving Conditions List” and will be listed separately from the simulated snow and ice conditions.

While the 511 Map is being tested, the test weather information will also be reported on the 511 phone system. Travelers who call the 511 system will be informed of the test and test reporting of road conditions by an introductory message. KDOT anticipates the highways to have normal, seasonal driving conditions during the test period, which may include wet pavement. Current road work activities and incidents will be reported on 511 as these reports will not be affected by the test. Travelers can access the 511 phone system by calling 5-1-1 from anywhere in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) from anywhere in the U.S.

KDOT apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause; however, the testing is necessary for reliable service during winter inclement weather.

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.