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3:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

KDOT Dropped 1.2 Million Gallons Of Brine During Historic Snowstorm

Streets are mostly clear in downtown Wichita not long after record snowfall, on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

During last month’s back-to-back snow storms, the Kansas Department of Transportation reports their snow crews pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 miles of highway – enough to circle the earth 35 times.

BY THE NUMBERS

Winter Storms Q and Rocky (weeks of Feb. 18 and 25)

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Transportation
9:59 am
Fri February 8, 2013

New Airport Terminal Is Expected To Open June 2015

Illustration of new terminal.
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

Construction of the new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is on schedule, according to the city. It's expected to open in the spring of 2015.

Since the beginning of major construction in October 2012, construction crews have:

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Wichita City Council
6:05 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Council Approves 10-Year, $12.5M Bike Plan

An illustration of one bike-friendly design option for Wichita streets.
Credit City of Wichita - Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council Tuesday approved the Bicycle Master Plan. It recommends ways to make bicycling easier, safer and more convenient in Wichita.

A 19-member steering committee worked on the plan for two years. More than 4,000 people participated in the planning process at various meetings and events.

At the council meeting, Scott Wadle of the city's planning department outlined some of the recommendations:

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Transportation
6:20 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita Bicycle Master Plan would create a network of bike lanes and bike paths.
Credit Ty Nigh / Flickr

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10-year, $12.5 million plan to improve and connect city bike paths.

Bike shop owner Lee Engler says new riders like safe paths and seasoned riders prefer street improvements, and the steering committee is proposing both.

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Transportation
6:05 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Few Details Released On Proposal To Merge KDOT, Turnpike Authority

Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed merging the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state's highway department, but so far few details have been released.

Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the KTA, says he hasn't yet taken a stance on the proposal.

"We've not seen exactly, you know, what the governor plans, and we will in due time, but I'm just awaiting more details," Johnston says.

Brownback has said merging the KTA and KDOT will create around $15 million a year in efficiencies. Johnston says he believes the KTA is running efficiently in its current form.

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Transportation
6:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

A Conversation With The New Director Of Wichita Transit

The transit center in downtown Wichita.
Credit Amy Delamaide / Flickr

Amid budget problems, fare increases and services cuts, Wichita Transit welcomed a new director last month. Stephen Spade was most recently transit director in Chapel Hill, N.C. He also served as general manager for the transit service in Des Moines, Iowa.

Spade started work in Wichita on October 30, he says he was interested in the Wichita job because he and his wife are from the Midwest and wanted to be closer to family.

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Transportation
6:09 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Vehicle Fatalities Trending In The Wrong Direction

Credit Gv90 / Flickr

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 39 people died on state roads and highways during the month of October. For the first 10 months of this year, 352 people have died in highway accidents.

For the past several years, motor vehicle fatalies have been have generally been on a downward trend in Kansas.

But at the current pace, Kansas will have 430 traffic deaths by the end of the year. 

Tim McCool, a traffic safety specialist with the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, said there have been more fatalities at this point in 2012 than there was in 2011.

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Transportation
1:11 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Crash Near Mid-Continent Airport Kills Fed Ex Pilot

A small plane crashed Tuesday south of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, killing the pilot.

The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board.

Tony Molinaro, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the pilot of the Cessna reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport. Molinaro says the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred about two miles from Mid-Continent. He says the plane was headed to Garden City.

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Transportation
2:24 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Kansas Turnpike Rates To Increase Feb. 1

The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced Monday that cash rates for cars and light trucks will increase an average of 10 percent on February 1.

Rates for K-TAG users will increase an average of 5 percent.

Drivers of large commercial vehicles will pay about 5 percent more, whether they pay cash or use the electronic K-TAG.

The Turnpike Authority said in a news release Monday the increased revenue will pay for future capital needs, including deck replacements for some of the turnpike's 348 bridges.

No tax dollars are used to maintain the turnpike.

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Transportation
5:16 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Kansas Gas Prices Jump

A gas pump in San Diego, California.
Slworking2 Flickr

Gas prices in Kansas have been on the rise.

Jim Hanni of AAA Kansas says it’s not because of an uptick in demand. Instead, it’s because of a possible supply problem.

“There are concerns that we may not be able to get oil at the same pace out of the Middle East, and that certainly what’s been driving the increase in gas prices at the pump here now,” says Hanni.

He says that the uncertainty of the Middle Eastern oil supply is affecting the Midwest more than anywhere else in the nation.

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