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Check highway conditions before leaving home for the weekend

Summer travel season kicks off this weekend and the Kansas Department of Transportation has you covered with travel planning on Kansas highways.

Both the KanDrive website and 511 phone system can be used by travelers to help plan their routes throughout Kansas.

KanDrive,, is the traveler website for Kansas and surrounding states and provides essential information for planning your trip. KanDrive includes camera images, interactive maps, road conditions and work zones, as well as links to transportation resources including rest areas and travel and tourism sites.

Smartphone users can access the website by going to on their web browser and bookmarking the page to their home screen where it becomes a shortcut to the website and can function like a phone app. If users would prefer to use the text-based mobile website, it can be found at

Much of the same information can be accessed by calling 511 in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) in the U.S.

An additional feature on the KanDrive website is “My Kansas 511”, a free subscription based service that allows users to receive text or email message alerts about the conditions on the route they choose. To subscribe go to and select more travel info.

KDOT encourages users to know before they go by using these services from home or in a vehicle that is parked at a safe location. If you are involved in a crash on a Kansas highway call *47 (*HP) from a cellular phone for a highway patrol dispatcher or dial 911.

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