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September 24, 2004

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KDOT, MoDOT Formally Launch Scout Traffic Management System

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation will publicly announce their joint traffic management project, Kansas City Scout, in an official Launch Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, 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 that uses technology to offer area drivers a safer, faster and more manageable freeway commute. Elements include traffic sensors, closed-circuit television cameras, electronic message boards, highway advisory radio, a real-time traffic web site, and Motorist Assist and emergency response services.

The Scout system has operated under a test basis since January this year. Scout staff spent that time fine-tuning operating procedures and policy while also debugging the highly sophisticated, fully integrated technology Scout employs.

During Monday's event, KDOT and MoDOT will highlight progress of the system, the further development of its real-time traffic information web site,, and announce formalized partnerships created to help Scout achieve its vision of creating a safer, less-congested and less-polluted freeway environment.

The 75-mile Scout system, includes portions of Interstate 435, I-35, US 69 and K-10 in Kansas and portions of interstates 435, 35, 470, 670, 70; highways 71 and 169; and Route 9 on the Missouri side. Its operations center is inside MoDOT's district headquarters in Lee's Summit.

The Federal Highway Administration has funded 80-90 percent of the $43 million project, with the remaining cost shared between KDOT and MoDOT.


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