Transportation

City of Wichita

Updated Saturday, Dec. 3, 4:00 p.m.: East Kellogg between Rock Road and Webb Road is now reopen to traffic after contractors completed removal of the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) bridge earlier than expected. According to a release from the city of Wichita, demolition of the bridge began just after 10 p.m. on Friday night and was completed well in advance of the projected Monday morning schedule.

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A new program in Kansas is working to find ways to use drones to help with bridge and tower inspections. The Kansas Unmanned Aerial Systems program was created to help several state agencies tap into drone technology to improve processes and save money. Test flights began this month to help the Kansas Department of Transportation’s bridge inspection teams. UAS Director Bob Brock says using drones will help improve the safety of KDOT workers. "We put an awful lot of manpower into each bridge...

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The Kansas Department of Transportation is delaying 24 more road projects due to funding concerns. KDOT says its future funding is uncertain, so the agency is making decisions about projects on a month-by-month basis. KDOT spokesman Steve Swartz says 34 projects were supposed to go up for bid in December, but now only ten will move forward. The other 24 projects are postponed indefinitely. Work would have started next summer. Swartz says postponing the work will save the state about $32...

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A study by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) says 96.7 percent of interstate highways and 91.7 percent of non-interstate highways in the state were ranked as "good" in the fiscal year ending in July. To figure out the rating, the department evaluates the state's 10,000-mile highway system annually and gives marks based on scores of surface roughness and distress. KDOT says it aims for 85 percent of interstate highways and 80 percent of non-interstate highways to be rated as good....

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Recently released data shows U.S. driving is up 3.3 percent for the first six months of 2016, the number is even higher in Kansas. Travel on the state highway system in Kansas is up 3.6 percent over where it was in 2015. Ann Williamson with the Kansas Department of Transportation says it’s a good sign for travelers. "Right now we’re thinking that the fuel prices are lower than they were a year ago, and overall the economy is better than it was," Williamson says. "Both reasons that encourage...

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As travelers plan to hit the road this Labor Day weekend, the Kansas Department Of Transportation is offering useful tools online. KDOT Spokesperson Ann Williamson says the traveler assist system – kandrive.org – can be a helpful resource. "You can go see camera pictures of the roads, you can also map out your route and then there are links to other travel info, as well as being able to see the weather," she says. Also, Williamson says, the campaign "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" is still...

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Passenger numbers at Wichita's airport were down for July over last year, but they don't tell the whole story. This July, close to 153,000 passengers flew through Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. That was a dip from July of 2015, when the airport saw more than 158,000 passengers. It was the first monthly decline this year. But Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said at his weekly briefing that last summer’s passenger count was unusually high. “I’m going to attribute that to the brand-new...

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The public is being invited to give input on the Arkansas River Crossing-95th Street South (ARC95) Study. Meetings will be held to discuss the needs and feasibility of improving the 95th Street corridor in southern Sedgwick County. The study area includes 95th Street South between Greenwich Road and Meridian Avenue, with an initial focus on the section between Woodlawn Boulevard and Broadway Avenue. Earlier studies have identified the area as having the most potential to support future growth...

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A new report ranks Wichita as one of the top 10 safest cities for drivers in the U.S. The report is offered as a safety reminder as millions take to the road this holiday weekend. Insurance experts say July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drivers. The "Allstate America’s Best Drivers" report measures vehicle collision frequency in the 200 largest cities in the country. The data shows the average driver in Wichita experiences an auto collision every 12.5 years, which is 20 percent...

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More than 3 million people in Kansas and the region are expected to travel this July Fourth weekend—most of them by car. It will be the highest number of Independence Day travelers since 2007, according to Triple A. Across the country, nearly 43 million people are set to travel this weekend. Jennifer Haugh with AAA says low travel costs are a factor: Airline tickets are low and hotels prices are down, and in Kansas, gas is the cheapest it’s been since 2005. "People, I think, are feeling a...

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