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Michele Sewart, 816-607-2027

October 28, 2016 12:00 PM
KC Scout, MoDOT Partnership Recognized with Governor?s Technology in Government Award

KANSAS CITY – The technology team of KC Scout and MoDOT found a way to make important existing tools work even better for customers. And for their ingenuity and customer-focused commitment, they are honored this week with the Governor’s Technology in Government Award.

On any given commute within the Kansas City or St. Louis metro areas, you will see the ubiquitous dynamic message sign boards warning of accidents and also offering accurate drive time information. The system has become a mainstay for urban drivers as they travel along the roadways every day of the week.

For major construction projects, MoDOT also has deployed several self-contained smart work zones that include portable changeable message signs that warn of stopped traffic ahead when congestion builds in front of the work zone.  These smart work zone systems have become a major tool that can help reduce accidents in back of work zone queues.

Working closely with KC Scout, MoDOT’s new Rural Queue and Delay Warning System builds upon these two proven tools, to automatically format rural dynamic message sign (DMS) boards with information that is crucial for motorists. 

The system leverages real-time HERE probe segment speeds that are reported every minute of the day across the entire length of I-70 in Missouri. As speed decreases, the system automatically formats and posts a single phase DMS board message on the two boards preceding that incident or work zone. This automated message tells motorists if they should expect slowed or stopped traffic, where they should expect to encounter it, and how long of a delay should they expect because of it. 

Once the traffic management center operator confirms the details of the incident, they can execute the response plan and post the second phase of the message board which provides even more valuable information to the motorist. 

 “The Technology In Government Award is a formal recognition of excellence. It reflects the outstanding achievements of state employees whose work is often times overlooked,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna.

“MoDOT is guided by a series of tangible results that allow the department to fulfill its mission. Two of these results are to: Provide Outstanding Customer Service and Keep Customers and Ourselves Safe. This program is the embodiment of both those results to outstanding degree. Our team, through their ingenuity, embodies MoDOT values and is keeping our customers safe,” McKenna said.

The Field Alert Traffic System team has also been chosen to receive the 2016 The Francis B. Francois Award for Innovation presented by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

KC Scout is Kansas City's bi-state traffic management system, designed to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, increasing safety by decreasing the number of rush-hour accidents and improving emergency response to traffic situations by clearing incidents quickly and safely. Scout manages traffic on more than 300 miles of continuous freeways in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Learn more about KC Scout at http://www.kcscout.net. Follow KC Scout on twitter at twitter.com/kansascityscout, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KansasCityScout.



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