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Get ready for a traffic jam. 

Across the United States, millions of people plan to travel the highways and byways to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The moon will block the sun along a narrow band through 14 states — including Kansas and Missouri. The eclipse begins around 11:40 a.m., with totality just after 1 p.m.

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Parts of I-435 near U.S. 69 Highway and Antioch Road in Overland Park were down to one lane of traffic Monday morning after a semi-truck crashed and caught fire.

The accident snarled the morning commute for metro-area motorists.

According to John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department, two people were injured when the tractor-trailer carrying dried goods hit the median near 69 Highway around 4 a.m. Monday.

The driver and one passenger in the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to a local hospital and later released.

Kansas Department of Transportation

There could be a slight change (and hopefully improvement) to your commute this summer if you regularly drive on I-35.

New ramp meters, designed to help ease congestion, will start running in mid-to-late July, says Mark Sommerhauser, KC Scout transportation project manager. 

KC Scout is working with the Kansas Department of Transportation on the $250,000 project. KC Scout will take over maintenance and operation once testing is finished. 

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The speed limit on U.S. Route 71 just north of the Grandview Triangle increases this week to 65 miles per hour.

Currently, the posted speed limit from a half mile south of 75th Street to 3-Trails Crossing is 55, but most drivers tend to go faster, says Derek Olson, a district traffic engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Better Block Foundation

The push for safe spaces and trigger warnings is leading many educators to more carefully curate their syllabi. The issue inspired creativity in a Kansas City playwright and the two local actors performing in his new project.

High Speed

Jul 6, 2015

High-speed car chases are familiar sights in movies and on TV. But in real life, police pursuits—especially in a metro crisscrossed with different counties and jurisdictions — can cause more damage to innocent bystanders than the criminal would otherwise. 

Guests:

  • Mike McGraw is a special projects reporter at Kansas City Public Television.
  • Bridgit Bowden is the entrepreneurship reporter for KCPT’s Flatland.

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.

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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?

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. 

Guest:

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.

Red Light Camera Law Questioned By Missouri Court

Nov 6, 2013
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.

KC Council Will Wait On Traffic Lights

Jul 12, 2013

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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  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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Kansas City Police Tackle Teen Driver Texting

May 31, 2012
Wiki Commons

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