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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2015

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Michele Compton, 816-607-2027

KC Scout Testing Ramp Meters on U.S. 69 This Week

LEE'S SUMMIT - Kansas City Scout, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Transportation, is introducing ramp meters at the U.S. 69 and 135th street intersection this week. The team will be testing the ramp meters OVERNIGHT between 11 pm and midnight Aug. 3 and possibly Aug. 4 in order to verify that the ramp meters are fully ready for activation during morning rush hour on Thursday, Aug. 13.

During morning rush hours it's challenging to enter northbound U.S. 69 from the 135th Street on-ramps due to heavy congestion. KC Scout is responding to the issue by adding ramp meters to the northbound U.S. 69 on-ramps.

Ramp meters look and work similar to traffic signals, and drivers must obey them as they would any other signals. A red light means stop, a green light allows vehicles to proceed onto the highway, controlling the flow of merging traffic.

KC Scout partnered with Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation to successfully install ramp meters along the I-435 corridor in 2009. Learn more about ramp metering online at http://www.kcscout.net/rampmetering.

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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