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KDOT, Department of Agriculture to Celebrate Deployment of Innovative Technologies Along U.S. 83

Judd Weil-News Director


The Kansas Transportation Department of Transportation announced on Sept. 1, Secretary Julie Lorenz and Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam will visit McCarty Family Farms near Rexford in Thomas County, Kan. to bring attention to the Great Plains Rural Freight Technology Corridor project on a 100-mile stretch of U.S. 83.

According to KDOT, “this project will improve safety and economic productivity on a key freight transport route in western Kansas.”

KDOT was recently awarded a $6.7 million federal grant and will dedicate $7.9 million in state funds to install fiber-optic cable and advance technologies along the U.S. 83 corridor from the southern Finney County line to the north Thomas County line.

This technology will provide real-time traffic, weather and operational information aimed to improve safety for travelers and optimize freight routing for commercial trucking.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at McCarty Family Farms, hosted by Ken McCarty, located at 2231 Thomas County Road, Rexford, Kan. on U.S. 83-- four miles north of U.S. 83/U.S. 24 junction.

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