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