Truckers traveling through
the Sunflower State may soon get an early warning if there's bad weather
The Associated Press reported
Dec. 28 that the state planned to test its 5-1-1 driving-conditions and weather
information line this week. The system will cost roughly the same as the
current system - about $100,000 a year - but provide localized information
The state's Department
of Transportation has set a goal of having the system up and running before
spring, but - pending test results - won't set a definite date.
Kansas would be the ninth
state with 5-1-1 service, which is eventually expected to cover the entire
country. Land Line reported in July that Minnesota had added the service,
and Utah started its 5-1-1 service in December 2001.