The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has upgraded its traveler information services in lieu of the upcoming winter/holiday travel season.



The state said it has made changes to the 511 information system as well as adding enhanced camera views from highways across the state.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has upgraded its traveler information services in lieu of the upcoming winter/holiday travel season.

The state said it has made changes to the 511 information system as well as adding enhanced camera views from highways across the state.

KDOT Secretary Deb Miller said safety is the primary reason for the changes.

“Safety for travelers is KDOT’s top priority and providing traveler information services is certainly one very important way to keep travelers informed so they can make good travel decisions,” Miller said.

One of the new services is the addition of a 511 Mobile application for smart phones. The app provides map, camera and electronic message sign views, road conditions, work zone and event information and links to weather.

The content is provided by six regions across the state as well as the three metropolitan areas (Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita).

KDOT said that the new site is accessible from multiple devices including iPhones, Droids and Windows mobile devices. Any devices not compatible with the new application will be able to access text information only for road conditions and work zones.

The state has also added enhanced camera views to its traveler information site — www.kandrive.org. Camera snapshots of the roadways are updated every few minutes from closed-circuit cameras installed along I-70 and other highways across the state.

In addition to the new camera views, the KanDrive website also has an interactive map of Kansas roads, work zones and other events impacting traffic and surface-related road conditions.

Miller said that, in addition to offering the new services, she said that road laws should also be followed when traveling during the holidays or winter weather.

“While KDOT strives to make traveler information available through a variety of services, I want to stress that travelers should not text or talk on cell phones while driving,” Miller said.

On the web:
KDOT’s 511 mobile application: http://511mm.ksdot.org

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140.