Real-Time Alerts Coming to Kansas Rural Freight Corridor

Actual-Time Alerts Coming to Kansas Rural Freight Hall

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Truckers driving by means of the U.S. Route 83 rural freight hall in Kansas will profit from a $6.67 million federal grant to assist fund a protracted fiber optic community to ship real-time site visitors, climate and different helpful info in that distant agricultural stretch.

U.S. 83 is a serious two-lane freight route, notably for agriculture merchandise, that sees some 5,000 industrial vans every day.

Greater than 40% of the state’s worldwide agricultural exports are produced round U.S. 83. Producing $21 billion in money straight from agricultural initiatives, Kansas ranks sixth largest within the nation for its agricultural economic system after Illinois. (The highest state is California’s $51 billion, adopted by Iowa, Nebraska and Texas.)

“Site visitors averages 2,500 to five,000 autos per day within the hall’s center to greater than 10,000 per day at both finish the place agricultural product producers and distributors are most concentrated,” mentioned Steve Hale, spokesman at Kansas Division of Transportation.

AT&T has the one fiber optic community alongside U.S. 83 and “is de facto not being utilized by others alongside the route at the moment,” Hale mentioned.

KDOT is beginning inner planning for the work and might be retaining a advisor. Hale mentioned the venture planning, designing and development might be accomplished inside two years as soon as an settlement date is about for the venture.

Kansas state officers met Sept. 7 at McCarty Household Farms, residence to some 17,000 registered Holstein dairy cattle, subsequent to Route 83 to laud the seize of the Federal Freeway Administration grant awarded Aug. 6.

The grant, from the Superior Transportation and Congestion Administration Applied sciences Deployment program, will assist pay for the $14.6 million venture known as the Nice Plains Rural Freight Expertise Hall.

Julie Lorenz, Kansas Secretary of Transportation, joined Mike Beam, state agriculture secretary, and Ken McCarty, who co-owns the McCarty Household Farms dairy enterprise with different relations. “This can be a nice venture that improves freight circulate, security and will get broadband to rural areas extra cheaply,” Lorenz mentioned.

The center of the state’s agriculture trade consists of 5 counties, anchored for greater than 130 miles by U.S. 83, a north-south important rural freight hall in western Kansas. The counties — Thomas, Logan, Gove, Scott and Finney — are main gamers within the Kansas livestock, grain, fuel and biofuels industries.

With dairy operations in Scott Metropolis and Rexford each straight within the coronary heart of the U.S. 83 hall, McCarty Farms wrote a letter supporting the grant.

Exercise on U.S. 83 north of Scott Metropolis. (Kansas Division of Transportation)

“McCarty’s dairy operation entails a whole bunch of vans coming into and exiting the amenities each day and slipping into the combo of different haulers utilizing this busy freight route,” Hale mentioned.

KDOT’s plan is to include know-how (together with sensors and cameras) to supply real-time info to drivers equivalent to climate situations and site visitors crashes. Truckers will be capable to entry info by way of hands-free gadgets. Additionally, KDOT’s web site may also have this info for viewing and use by truck dispatch facilities to relay situations to drivers. The system will improve communications for emergency responders.

In accordance with KDOT, these superior hall communications are very important to time-sensitive deliveries of livestock and produce.

“Enhanced connectivity in our extremely productive however distant areas of the state is a continued problem voiced by agriculture leaders in a number of sectors of our ag economic system,” Beam mentioned. “This cutting-edge service will make a major influence to this vital hall in Kansas.”

The brand new know-how will enhance security alongside U.S. 83, positioned on excessive plains and vulnerable to excessive winds, blowing mud and storms. Vans and farm gear account for as much as one-third of whole site visitors there. In rural areas just like the U.S. 83 hall, important journey delays may be brought on by site visitors, climate and accidents alongside the lengthy stretch of roadway since discovering an alternate route is inconceivable with out important advance discover.

“The venture will lead to safer, extra environment friendly industrial truck site visitors on U.S. 83 by higher managing hall truck actions. It is going to enhance routing selections compelled by hall site visitors incidents or climate situations, cut back queuing and decrease impacts on industrial drivers making an attempt to steadiness real-world site visitors situations with the calls for of just-in-time manufacturing and pick-up/drop-off scheduling,” based on KDOT.

Additionally a provide line for oil and fuel, U.S. 83 is a landlocked anchor level in Kansas for worldwide provide chain merchandise certain for 89 totally different international locations, together with its high markets in Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and China and Canada.

“Getting broadband to rural areas extra cheaply by leveraging the state’s proper of means is sensible,” Lorenz mentioned. “This can develop entry to broadband and open extra alternatives for Kansans to make the most of know-how of their houses and companies.”

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