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KDOT crews ready for winter

Changes coming for state park permits in Kansas


KDOT crews ready for winter
Winter weather is in the forecast for Kansas and Kansas Department of Transportation crews are equipped and ready.
"Every year KDOT has snow fighter training and this year is no different," said Clay Adams, KDOT's bureau chief of maintenance. "Our crews are ready to respond to whatever winter brings us."
KDOT has stored 130,000 tons of salt and 60,000 tons of salt-sand mix in preparation for the season and has 1,200 operators who are trained and ready to plow and treat roads.
To make it easier for travelers to know before they go, KDOT's traveler information website KanDrive has been enhanced. Last year the public asked for camera tours to be added to the site as well as a simplified legend for users. The camera tours option allows users to view multiple images of a highway corridor or region on one screen.
Those improvements, along with the addition of road closure alerts, a dedicated road condition map and a simpler map layout, make the tool easier to use.
"We listened to the user suggestions and made the changes that were most requested," Adams said. "We know this gives the public the best tool for knowing what is on Kansas' roads."
In addition to visiting KanDrive,, drivers can obtain route specific road conditions and weather information by calling 5-1-1 within the state or (866) 511- 5368 from out of state.
Those planning to travel during or after a storm should follow these safety tips:
· Completely clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights, and use headlights to provide optimum visibility.
· Slow down, accelerate and brake gently, and increase following distance between other vehicles.
· Don't use cruise control.
· Allow for more travel time.
· Always wear a seat belt, and secure children in the proper child safety seats.
· Slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles and maintenance crews.
· If possible, remain buckled up and in your vehicle for protection from other vehicles.
· If involved in a crash, or need assistance, call 911, or contact the Kansas Highway Patrol at *47 (*HP) from a cell phone. Call *582 (*KTA) on the Kansas Turnpike.

Changes coming for state park permits in Kansas
Thursday (Dec. 15) marks the date that 2017 Kansas hunting and fishing licenses and annual park permits will be available for purchase. The following day at noon, campsites for dates in 2017 will be available for reservation. There are, however, changes to the Kansas state parks annual and 14-night camping permits for 2017 that customers will need to be aware of. Beginning Dec. 15, the annual and 14-day camping permits for Kansas will only be available for purchase at state park and KDWPT offices. If customers are too far from an office, they may purchase the permit over the phone with a credit card by calling any of the state park or regional offices. However, these permits will not be available to purchase online or at any other place where licenses are sold, as they have been in the past. 
Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism is preparing a new online system that will allow customers to purchase hunting licenses, fishing licenses and boating registrations at the same time they reserve campsites. In order to transition into the new system, the department had to make this temporary change to the way annual and 14-night camping permits are sold. Once the new system is in place, some time in February, customers will be able to buy annual and 14-night permits online as they had before.
2017 annual camping permits are $202.50 (October - March) and $252.50 (April - September). 14-night camping permits will be $112.50 year-round. Customers who purchase one of these permits will receive a $10 per-night discount on any standard campsite (excluding cabins). Utility fees still apply as necessary.
One other change to note, customers who purchase these camping permits will no longer receive a printed camping permit or sticker. Instead, the permit will be stored in the customer record and the customer will receive a discounted fee based on the permit they have.
The Lovewell State Park office in Webber will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but closed on Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, for state holidays. Long term campsite lottery and shelter reservations for special events in 2017 will begin at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3. 

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