Press Releases

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2016

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

KC Scout Takes Second in Statewide Innovations Challenge for Integrating Real-Time 911 Incident Data for Incident Management

LEE'S SUMMIT – This week, the KC Scout team took second place in a statewide competition that highlights innovation and creative problem solving.

The Innovations Challenge is hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation to highlight ideas that could become statewide best practices. KC Scout won for their integration of a 911 data feed from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The 911 data feed streams traffic incident information directly to the Traffic Management Center. This gives them a greater ability to quickly respond to incidents, such as posting immediate updates on KC Scout dynamic message sign boards. Scout staff has successfully expanded the integration of 911 traffic information beyond the Missouri State Highway Patrol, so now the Traffic Management Center also receives incident information from the Kansas Highway Patrol and Johnson County, Kansas emergency services.

Since its inception in 2007, the Innovations Challenge has generated more than one thousand employee innovations, with more than 100 chosen to be MoDOT best practices. Many of those best practices are shared by transportation partners in Missouri and across the nation.

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. Download our free APP, available on Apple http://apple.co/1H5RL86 or Android: http://bit.ly/1K8TNdO

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Previous Press Releases:

  • View - PUBLIC COMMENT WANTED FOR POTENTIAL I-35 RAMP METERING LOCATIONS
  • View - PUBLIC COMMENT WANTED FOR POTENTIAL I-35 RAMP METERING LOCATIONS
  • View - Community Conversations for the I-35 Ramp Metering Project Begin This Month
  • View - KC Scout Begins Ramp Metering Project for I-35
  • View - Ramp Meters In Action on U.S. 69 At 135th Street This Week
  • View - KC Scout Testing Ramp Meters on U.S. 69 This Week
  • View - Ramp Meters Scheduled to Improve Travel on U.S. 69 This Summer
  • View - KC Scout Hosts Missouri and Kansas Highway Patrol for Incident Management Training
  • View - KC Scout Helps Motorists Navigate Construction Zone, Adds Travel Times through I-29 Corridor
  • View - Emergency Response Operators Take Part in Escort of 9/11 "Never Forget" Mobile Exhibit
  • View - ERVIN J. SIMS Announced As the 2014 Recipient of the ITS Heartland "Best of ITS Service Recognition Award" on August 25th in Branson MO.
  • View - KC Scout System Falls Prey to Vandalism
  • View - New Scout Message Boards Go Up In Northland
  • View - KC Scout Lights Up New Ramp Meter Signals
  • View - KC Scout To Test New Ramp Meter Signals
  • View - Metro Agencies Sign Agreement for Unified Incident Management
  • View - Kansas City Scout Releases New Enhanced Website
  • View - KC Scout Adds New Cameras on East Loop of I-435
  • View - Scout Unveils "My KC Scout" Web Alerts
  • View - Kansas City Scout Receives MARC Regional Leadership Award
  • View - Kansas City Scout Wins APWA Technical Innovation Award
  • View - APWA Honors E. Jason Sims as Professional Manager of the Year
  • View - KC Scout Teams With KSHB TV and 3rd Dimension for Traffic Jam Cell Cam
  • View - Kansas City Scout Earns Operations Program Excellence Award
  • View - Kansas City Scout Wins APWA Award
  • View - New Scout Cameras
  • View - Kansas City Scout Earns National Applause for Public Outreach
  • View - KDOT Construction Places Dynamic Message Sign Out of Service
  • View - KDOT, MoDOT Acknowledge Scout's First Year Achievements
  • View - Kansas City Scout System Is Finalist in National Awards Competition
  • View - KDOT, MoDOT Formally Launch Scout Traffic Management System
  • View - Project Update
  • View - Scouting Kansas City's Traffic Tie-Ups Will Get Easier with New Web Site
  • View - Kansas City's New Traffic Management System Shows Signs of Progress
  • View - KDOT, MoDOT Use “Noodle” with Kansas City Scout Project
  • View - KDOT and MoDOT Join Forces to Kick-Off Kansas City Scout