Archive for Friday, August 5, 2011

KDOT simulates winter weather to test road conditions map

August 5, 2011

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The Kansas Department of Transportation was testing its road conditions map on Friday, August 5, 2011. They hoped to make sure it would stand up to the onslaught of requests it will face during the winter weather season.

The Kansas Department of Transportation was testing its road conditions map on Friday, August 5, 2011. They hoped to make sure it would stand up to the onslaught of requests it will face during the winter weather season.

— Despite record-setting heat and humidity outdoors, it will look and feel much cooler on a Kansas Department of Transportation website.

The agency is testing its 511 Traveler Information Map on Friday with simulated winter driving conditions across the state.

The test is designed to see how the system responds to information requests when the entire state highway system is covered with snow and ice. Roads will be represented on the map with colors to depict hazardous conditions.

KDOT staff will use special software to bombard the website with thousands of requests for condition reports to see if the system slows or comes to a stop.

The process will be repeated on Aug. 12, 19 and 26.

KDOT expects actual road conditions to be normal during the test.

Comments

Jake Esau 3 years, 8 months ago

"KDOT expects actual road conditions to be normal during the test."

What? You mean roads are not going to be snow and ice covered in the middle of August? I thought that was normal...

Ken Lassman 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey, KDOT, Send some of that drifting snow into central Douglas County, will ya? Enough to close the roads for a couple of days, please.

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