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Technical issues cause blackout for Kansas City Scout traffic system services

Overhead message signs normally warn drivers about problems on the highways. Technical issues with the Kansas City Scout system on Tuesday afternoon caused the message boards and other traffic management services to quit working. It could take up to 24 hours to fix.
Overhead message signs normally warn drivers about problems on the highways. Technical issues with the Kansas City Scout system on Tuesday afternoon caused the message boards and other traffic management services to quit working. It could take up to 24 hours to fix. File photo by The Star

Technical issues at Kansas City Scout caused a systemwide blackout of the traffic management system.

The service, operated by the Missouri and Kansas departments of transportation, monitors traffic conditions on area highways and alerts motorists to crashes and other highway traffic impediments.

The blackout is affecting Kansas City Scout’s website (www.kcscout.net) and Twitter (@KansasCityScout) account. The system’s ramp metering, overhead signs and traffic cameras are also not working.

Repairs are underway, but it could take up to 24 hours before the services are restored, according to a KDOT spokeswoman.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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