Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2017  

For more information, contact:
Michele Sewart, 816-607-2027

MEDIA ADVISORY: KC Scout Staff available for I-35 ramp meter interviews starting at 6am Tomorrow

#KSI35RampMeters

After months of installation and testing, KC Scout will activate the ramp meters along I-35 TOMORROW morning for rush hour. KC Scout operators will be monitoring the northbound ramp meters during the morning hours from the Traffic Management Center.

KC Scout staff will be available for interviews starting at 6 am on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Scout Traffic Management Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The KC Scout contact person is Mark Sommerhauser at 816-607-2243 and karsten.sommerhauser@modot.mo.gov.

For live shots from an actual ramp meter location, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recommends the bottom of the northbound off-ramp from I-35 onto 7th Street Trafficway. There is a flat area behind guardrail to the east of the off-ramp where media trucks should be able to take video without interfering with the ramp meter operations at the on-ramp from 7th Street Trafficway onto northbound I-35.

KDOT anticipates that the 7th Street Trafficway on-ramp to northbound I-35 should begin working just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday. See the Google Maps link of the area mentioned above at 7th Street Trafficway and I-35: Google Maps Ramp Meter Location. KDOT and KC Scout staff will not be available at this location because we want to be minimally disruptive to morning rush hour traffic.

For more information about the project, visit kcscout.net/rampmetering. You may also contact K. Mark Sommerhauser, KC Scout Transportation Project Manager, at 816-607-2243 and karsten.sommerhauser@modot.mo.gov or Michele Sewart, KC Scout Senior Communications Specialist, at 816-607-2027 or michele.sewart@modot.mo.gov. Follow the project on Facebook at I-35 Ramp Meters and use the #KSI35RampMeters hashtag.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2016

For more information, contact:
Michele Compton, 816-607-2027

KC Scout, Kansas City Chiefs Prepare for Thursday Night Football Traffic

KC Scout, Kansas City Chiefs Prepare for Thursday Night Football Traffic

LEE'S SUMMIT – This Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the Oakland Raiders for a nationally televised game and KC Scout is already preparing for increased traffic around the stadiums.

Regular traffic volume on I-70 peaks at more than 116,000 cars where I-435 meets I-70, which is also one of the key corridors for stadium traffic.

KC Scout boards along I-35 impacting traffic headed down town, I-435 coming into the I-70 interchange, along I-70 and I-49 into Route 71 will warn drivers of heavy traffic around the stadium. That messaging will begin during rush hour tonight and encourage drivers not attending the game to find an alternate route home for Thursday. Gates open for tailgating at noon with kick off at 7:25 p.m.

KC Scout offer camera views of traffic through the metro, including 8 cameras along I-70 and I-435 around the stadium, so motorists can check out their commute before they leave. Review those cameras on www.kcscout.net.

If you plan to attend the game, the Chiefs are offering a coach's note to leave work a little early and beat the traffic.

KC Scout is Kansas City's bi-state traffic management system, designed to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, increasing safety by decreasing the number of rush-hour accidents and improving emergency response to traffic situations by clearing incidents quickly and safely. Scout manages traffic on more than 300 miles of continuous freeways in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Learn more about KC Scout at http://www.kcscout.net. Follow KC Scout on twitter at twitter.com/kansascityscout, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KansasCityScout.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2016

For more information, contact:
Michele Compton, 816-607-2027

KC Scout Ramp Meters to Switch On for Testing After Server Crash Earlier this Spring

LEE'S SUMMIT – During the month of July, motorists will notice many of the KC Scout ramp meters will resume service. What they may not know is why they were off.

This past March, the server that supports all of the KC metro ramp meters failed catastrophically, causing all ramp meters to turn off. After months of rebuilding, testing, fine tuning and further testing, KC Scout is slowly turning them back on. The team will turn the ramp meters on in the following order:

  • 135th Street at U.S. 69 (2 locations)
  • Eastbound I-435 from Stateline Road to the east
  • Eastbound I-435 from Metcalf Avenue to Stateline Road
  • Westbound I-435 from Stateline Road to Metcalf Avenue
  • Westbound I-435 from Holmes to Stateline Road

If the ramp meters run successfully, KC Scout will complete turning them on by mid-August 2016.

As a reminder! When ramp meters are off, traffic on entrance ramps should merge as normal with oncoming traffic.

KC Scout is Kansas City's bi-state traffic management system, designed to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, increasing safety by decreasing the number of rush-hour accidents and improving emergency response to traffic situations by clearing incidents quickly and safely. Scout manages traffic on more than 300 miles of continuous freeways in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Learn more about KC Scout at http://www.kcscout.net. Follow KC Scout on twitter at twitter.com/kansascityscout, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KansasCityScout.

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