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September 19, 2001

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Michele Compton, 816-607-2027

KDOT and MoDOT Join Forces to Kick-Off Kansas City Scout

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation will showcase the future of highway travel in Kansas City with a 10 a.m. kick-off event on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at MoDOT's district headquarters in Lee's Summit, 600 N.E. Colbern Road.

Kansas City Scout is a congestion-management and traveler-information system designed to offer area drivers the latest in technology and communication to help make their daily commute safer, faster and more manageable. Elements include various traffic sensors, closed-circuit video cameras, electronic message boards, highway advisory radio, traffic updates via the Internet, and Motorist Assist and emergency-response services.

Those elements will merge in a traffic operations center that monitors traffic on 75 miles of Kansas City's most congested freeways and responds to roadway incidents. A scaled-down version of the Scout system will be set up during the kick-off event.

The installation of the Scout system is currently under way, and about 19 miles of it should be operating by late 2002. That portion will cover Interstate 435 from Interstate 35 in Kansas east to Missouri's Grandview Road near the Triangle.

The remaining Scout system, scheduled to be complete in late 2003, includes portions of I-35, US 69 and K-10 in Kansas and portions of interstates 35, 470, 670, 70; highways 71 and 169; and Route 9 on the Missouri side.

Scout's traffic operations center will be located inside MoDOT's district headquarters in Lee's Summit. Construction on the center is also under way and should be completed next spring.

The Federal Highway Administration is funding 90 percent of the $35.5 million project, with the remaining cost shared between KDOT and MoDOT.


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