Feds award Kansas, 7 other states money to track truck parking

Semi Truck (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. – The Federal Highway Administration Thursday announced Kansas and seven other states will share $25 million to address critical truck parking issues in the Midwest.

In a news release, Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King said the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant was awarded to the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials to develop the multi-state Truck Parking Information and Management System, or TPIMS.

The grant was announced in Wichita by Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau.

King said when trucks park along the shoulders of key freight corridors or rest area ramps they cause safety issues..  He said there may be other parking options along their routes, but there is no real-time information available to let truckers know where that parking might be.

The TPIMS will disseminate parking information on electronic message signs, traveler information websites and smart phone applications. In Kansas, the system will include information about parking along I-70 and I-135.

The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to receive about $3.3 million of the federal funds, and will contribute approximately$486,000 in state funds for the work in Kansas.

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