traffic

Road Work
12:01 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Emergency Repairs To Slow I-435 Southbound Traffic

Expect long delays Monday and Tuesday on southbound Interstate 435 at 87th Street.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has reduced traffic flow to one lane while work crews complete an emergency pavement repair on southbound I-435. Additional lanes were already closed at 87th Street to accommodate bridge work.

"As part of the lane restrictions, traffic was shifted partly onto the right southbound shoulder and the shoulder pavement has not held up to the increased traffic," KDOT spokeswoman Kimberly Qualls said in a written statement.

Central Standard
2:33 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Drinking And Driving: Culture, Infrastructure And The Law

Kansas City weighs in on getting home safely after nights out and about, possibly spent drinking.
Credit Arriva436 / Creative Commons

In recent years, we've heard a lot more about texting and driving than we have about drinking and driving. But drunk driving is still prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-impaired car crashes account for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. 

As spring revelry leads to late nights out, Central Standard asks whether Kansas Citians are making plans to get home safely, and if not, why not?

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Science Of Street Traffic

As populations continue to grow in urban areas, the demand for a more efficient traffic system has been brought to the forefront of modern transportation issues. There is simply not enough room to add more lanes to highways or to build new roads.

Innovative updates to existing infrastructures are a work in progress right here in our backyard. Today we discuss what is being done to allow for safer and faster transportation in our cities. 

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Government
7:37 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Kansas City Council Committees Stall On Downtown Drive-Thru, Traffic Cams

Drive-thru moratorium stuck on 2-2 vote

Opponents of a downtown drive-through restaurant and supporters of red-light cameras made no headway in Wednesday's KCMO city council committee meetings, but but neither are ready to throw in the towel.

Supporters and opponents of a proposed moratorium on all drive-thru restaurant construction in the downtown loop argued for more than two hours at a public hearing held by the Planning and Zoning committee.

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Government
5:43 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Red Light Camera Law Questioned By Missouri Court

Credit Genista

Feared by some drivers, popular among law agencies and certainly controversial, a red-light camera system used in one Missouri town has been found unenforceable by Eastern Missouri  Court of Appeals. 

The ordinance in Ellisville, Mo. is similar to that in place in Kansas City, Mo. and several other communities.

Judges said there is a conflict with state laws that deal with moving violations and running up points against drivers.

Four couples challenged the ordinance.

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Government
9:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

KC Council Will Wait On Traffic Lights

A city council committee set a hot button issue aside to cool for another week. The debate is over the city turning off 37 traffic lights in east-central Kansas City which by federal standards are no longer needed.

Traffic light changes stopped for one week

Some area residents did not agree with the city manager that four-way stop signs would be safer at intersections that were near schools. And a resolution to turn 23 of the 37 back on was introduced.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Why You're More Likely To Get A Ticket In Mission, Kan.

Mission Mayor Laura McConwell joins Steve Kraske to talk about the city's traffic ticket policies.
Credit missionks.org

  If you're driving through Mission, Kan., make sure that your seatbelt is fastened, you're not talking on your cell phone and you come to a complete stop. This suburb hands out more traffic tickets than they have residents. You've been warned. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Mayor Laura McConwell about why the traffic ticket count is so high and why traffic enforcement is such a priority in the town. 

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Government
1:14 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Council Poised To Keep Red Light Cams 5 More Years

The Kansas City city council is set to vote on extending the red-light camera program for another 5 years. And though public opinion on the cameras is divided, a council committee had no doubts.

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KC Currents
6:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Plan To Remove Traffic Lights On Hold For Now

Stop light at Meyer and Main.
Alex Smith KCUR

Drivers may have noticed some changes on the roadways. At 37 intersections across the metro traffic lights are flashing red or yellow, and they’re not broken. 

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Headlines
8:17 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, June 11, 2012

Political candidates rush to get their names on the primary ballot in Kansas, and construction starts on Interstate 70 this week.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Cops & Crime
12:57 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Kansas City Police Tackle Teen Driver Texting

Wiki Commons

Texting while driving is the subject of an upcoming Kansas City informational campaign for young people.

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