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Why construction zones aren’t causing terrible delays for emergency responders

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Getting tied up in construction zones isn't really a big deal for most of us commuting to work or school.  But navigating around the orange cones for emergency responders near I-35 and 75th Street can be dicey.

Med Act says it has 17 or more active ambulances out in Johnson County daily and says real time data in key when valuable minutes count.

We got a look from inside the dispatch center where workers track every single unit on the road at a given time. Workers say with their computer aided dispatch system uses real time data to show road construction. They can also see what's happening through a live street data base and plan accordingly, especially if someone is calling from a cell phone.

"We have the ability to plot where they are on the highway and we can recognize where it is and where the units are and where the road impediments are [and] get somebody to you as quickly as possible," Ellen Wernicke with the Johnson County Emergency Communications said.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center, which is also dealing with the construction, said delays have been minimal.