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KDOT transferred 278 Million to pay general government expenses. This has been an ongoing topic in the news. Here is a little information about the Kansas Department of Transportation and what it does. It is helpful to know a little bit about KDOT in order to understand why they are so important. Many of us don't know about the useful information that comes from the KDOT website. They discuss everything from deer crashes to safe winter travel.
Skeptics are referring to transactions that happen so regularly as robbing Peter to pay Paul. The practice is being referred to as the “Bank of KDOT.” The problem is that this could be devastating to our state highways. It is a short-term fix for our states deficit but is a disaster for Kansas Highways. Next month Brownback expected to ask the House and Senate to take another $50 million from KDOT. This is not an easy fix for state budget problems. There is hundreds of millions flowing into vaults at KDOT givin for funding for roads and bridges. 300 Million has been pulled from highway upkeep. It is cheaper to maintain quality highways than rebuild neglected roadways in Kansas.
Previous head of the Kansas Turnpike authority Michael Johnson said that the Economic Lifelines coalition or transportation industries in Kansas has objected to the repeated deductions from the “Bank of KDOT.” The state’s budget deficits have caused them to announce a delay of $300 million in T-Works highway projects. However, commitments on 40 major construction projects have been maintained. The agency has a requirement by state law that a minimum of $8 million be spent in each of the 105 counties, the state will comply with that.
So what exactly is KDOT? The Kansas Department of Transportation? Here is a good example of some information that KDOT gives the Kansas community. KDOT gives us a large amount of information related to all things about highways in Kansas.
They Publish information about highway safety if you are involved in a deer involved crash. It is important to remember this important information because deer are all over the state roadways. Many Kansas drivers are injured by deer yearly. There are cautionary tips to help to avoid a deer collison as well as what to do in case of a deer collision.
Deer-vehicle crashes increase in fall
Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move at this time
of year, increasing the chances of vehicle collisions.
Typically, the greatest occurrence of deer-vehicle crashes is in mid-November when the
rut, or mating season, peaks.
“In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new locations as
crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, leaving them less secure than in
their summer habitats,” said Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism biologist Lloyd
According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 15 percent of Kansas crashes
last year were deer-related (crashes in which a deer and vehicle actually collided or the
presence of a deer was a contributing circumstance). Although crashes involving deer occur
throughout the year in every Kansas county, the highest number of crashes typically occur
where there are the most vehicles. Sedgwick County had 422 deer-vehicle crashes in 2014, the
most of any county.
The Kansas Highway Patrol cautions drivers to avoid taking extra-ordinary measures to
avoid striking a deer in the road, lest a bad situation become even worse.
“If you are unfortunate enough to have a deer enter the highway in front of your car, it is
best to hit the animal and not swerve to avoid it,” said the KHP’s Lt. Adam Winters. “Often we
find more serious crashes occur when you swerve in avoidance.”
Other tips to avoid deer collisions include:
golf courses and near water sources such as streams or ponds.
waiting in your car, it is best to wear your seat belt, and have your children in car
If you do hit a deer, here are some additional tips:
removed from the road when they arrive. Tell law enforcement dispatch if the deer is
still in the road when reporting the crash call.
event there is a secondary crash involving another vehicle.
hazard lights are activated; don't stand between your vehicle and another vehicle;
and make sure children are kept properly restrained in your vehicle.
Here is some good information about how they are preparing for a winter storm. KDOT takes care of our roads if there is ice and snow. It is December and we have to combat Kansas weather in order to get from point A to point B. KDOT is responsible for helping us do just that. There website is full of information about road travel during the hard winter Kansas months.
KDOT crews preparing for winter
When winter weather knocks on Kansas’ door, crews for the Kansas Department
of Transportation will be ready.
This year KDOT is adding two new snow fighting machines to its arsenal: the tow
plow. These tow plows, which are 26-feet-long and attached to a dump truck, will be
housed in Colby and Olathe.
“KDOT will assess the performance of the tow plow in these two different
environments and that will help determine where future units will provide the best
results,” said Clay Adams, KDOT Bureau Chief of Maintenance. “Olathe was chosen
because of the high traffic volumes and urban area. Colby was chosen to see how well
the tow plow would do on open stretches of highway that are often subjected to high
winds and drifting.”
When the tow plow is in use it will swing out the right side taking up a full lane,
allowing a single operator to plow two lanes of highway in one pass. Drivers need to be
patient when following a tow plow; they are doing twice as much work as a single plow
truck. They also should be aware when passing a snow plow because other trucks have
wing plows that extend. Check out the video showing how the tow plow works at
“Other states have been operating tow plows for several years and it has been
proven to be an effective tool in snow fighting,” Adams said. “KDOT provides snow
fighter training every year across the state on the best practices when plowing and
spreading material. This year is no different; our staff is trained and ready to respond to
what winter will bring us.”
To know the conditions before venturing out, Kansas travelers can obtain routespecific
road conditions and weather by calling 5-1-1 within the state or (866) 511- 5368
from out of state. The same information and more can be obtained by visiting the
KanDrive website, http://www.kandrive.org , which has maps and camera views of the
Those planning to travel during or after a storm should follow these safety tips:
headlights to provide optimum visibility.
occur involving your car or another vehicle nearby, you are more protected than if
you are out in the roadway or even on the shoulder.
Highway Patrol at *47 (*HP) from a cell phone. Call *582 (*KTA) on the Kansas
The Kansas Department of Transportation does many things that we may not be aware of.
Check out the website that describes the T-Works program at http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/
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