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September 21, 2015

For more information, contact:
Michele Compton, 816-607-2027, #KSI35RampMeters

Community Conversations for the I-35 Ramp Metering Project Begin This Month

KANSAS CITY – At rush hour, it is challenging to enter I-35 from the on-ramps due to heavy congestion. KC Scout, a traffic management program that is jointly operated by the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation, is beginning the I-35 ramp metering implementation project to help address the issue. The project area spans I-35 from the Kansas/Missouri state line on the north to I-435 on the south. KC Scout and KDOT will begin discussing the project with the public via an online town hall meeting at i35rampmeters.mysidewalk.com September 18 through October 31, 2015.

i35rampmeters.mysidewalk.com is part of the two rounds of community conversations that are planned for the project. The first will focus on the list of potential ramp metering locations. A second round will center on the final list of ramps to be metered. Each will include online town hall meetings available at i35rampmeters.mysidewalk.com and public open houses. In addition, Scout will station its vehicles at popular gathering spots along the corridor to hear the public's views on the project. Anyone with an interest in I-35 can lend his or her voice to the conversation.

Register to comment via the online town hall meeting at i35rampmeters.mysidewalk.com. KC Scout and KDOT are developing the project with input from local governments. The planning phase began this summer and will conclude this fall with a list of ramp meter locations. Construction is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2016. The project is part of a broader vision to address congestion by adding ramp meters and other strategic road improvements along the entire I-35 corridor in the Kansas City Metro Area.

For more information about the project, visit kcscout.net/rampmetering. You may also contact Mark Sommerhauser, KC Scout Transportation Project Manager, at 816-607-2243 and karsten.sommerhauser@modot.mo.gov.

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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