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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2002

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Michele Compton, 816-607-2027

Scouting Kansas City's Traffic Tie-Ups Will Get Easier with New Web Site

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Kansas City Scout, the Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation’s new traffic management system currently under construction, now has a web site available. Internet users can access the site at www.kcscout.net.

Kansas and Missouri are launching the site as a public awareness effort. They want to inform local commuters about the changes ahead along some of the metropolitan-area freeways. Those changes include the addition of 25-foot wide electronic message boards alongside or spanning across portions of Interstates 70, 35, 435, 470 as well as on portions of other highways, and the use of cameras and vehicle detectors along Scout’s 75-mile system to monitor traffic.

“Right now the site is a basic, informational site,” says Ray Webb, Scout Operations Manager. “It’s very user-friendly and is filled with useful information about the project, its current status, its history, and the site includes daily work zone locations affecting traffic.”

The Scout project kicked-off last fall and is expected to be operating its entire 75-mile system by the end of next year. After the traffic system is operational, changes to the web site will take place. The site will eventually allow users to click on camera locations to monitor traffic via the Internet. KDOT and MoDOT also hope to allow Scout’s web site visitors to click on activated message boards that alert drivers to traffic incidents on the road ahead.

“This use of technology to manage traffic is a whole new arena for the Kansas City area,” says Webb. “We want to make sure the traveling public knows that Scout is coming, and that it’s a tool to help them by alleviating traffic congestion and by fostering a safer highway environment.”

Webb says Scout plans to partner with local emergency services to increase incident response times and to gather better incident information, but stresses that Scout will not be used to enforce traffic laws.

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