Kansas testing 5-1-1 service

| 12/31/2002

Truckers traveling through the Sunflower State may soon get an early warning if there's bad weather ahead.

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 on conditions.

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.