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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.

http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/Headquarters/PDF_Files/pressrelease2015/Deer2015.pdf

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

Fox.

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:

  • Be especially watchful at dawn and dusk when deer are particularly active.
  • Watch for more than one deer, as they seldom travel alone.
  • Reduce speed and be alert near wooded areas or green spaces such as parks or
  • golf courses and near water sources such as streams or ponds.

  • Deer crossing signs show where high levels of deer/vehicle crashes have occurred in
  • the past.

  • Use your bright lights to help you detect deer as far ahead as possible.
  • Always wear a seat belt and use appropriate child safety seats. Even if you are
  • waiting in your car, it is best to wear your seat belt, and have your children in car

    seats.

    If you do hit a deer, here are some additional tips:

  • Don’t worry about the animal. Law enforcement will arrange to have the animal
  • removed from the road when they arrive. Tell law enforcement dispatch if the deer is

    still in the road when reporting the crash call.

  • If possible, remain in the vehicle, and remain buckled up, protecting yourself in the
  • event there is a secondary crash involving another vehicle.

  • If you must be outside your vehicle, stand as far off the road as possible; make sure
  • hazard lights are activated; don't stand between your vehicle and another vehicle;

    and make sure children are kept properly restrained in your vehicle.

  • If you hit a deer, slow down, pull onto the shoulder and turn on the emergency
  • flashers.

    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.

    http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/Headquarters/PDF_Files/pressrelease2015/TowPlow.pdf

    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

    http://bit.ly/1MGWbVn.

    “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

    state.

    Those planning to travel during or after a storm should follow these safety tips:

  • Completely clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights, and use
  • headlights to provide optimum visibility.

  • Slow down, accelerate and brake gently, and increase following distance between
  • other vehicles.

  • Don’t use cruise control.
  • Allow for more travel time.
  • Always wear a seat belt, and secure children in the proper child safety seats.
  • Slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles and maintenance crews.
  • If possible, remain in your vehicle, and remain buckled up, that way if a crash would
  • 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.

  • If involved in a traffic crash, or need assistance, call 911, or contact the Kansas
  • Highway Patrol at *47 (*HP) from a cell phone. Call *582 (*KTA) on the Kansas

    Turnpike

    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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