Travel times, delays and more info aims to ease the ski-traffic crunch
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Stakeholders along the I-70 corridor are hoping to ease ski traffic with a combination of measures, including better communication with travelers, and a new smart phone app could be one piece of that puzzle.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says the new CDOT Mobile app will make critical information such as highway conditions and traffic information more accessible, dynamic and interactive.
CDOT Mobile will enable users to make better decisions about travel mode and route, resulting in a more productive, safe and efficient transportation system.
The development of CDOT Mobile is part of a five-year, public-private partnership with the Colorado-based, The Hub Companies, LLC. urHub were selected as part of a competitive process conducted by CDOT to expand its critical traveler-related highway data.
“I am encouraged to see this type of public-private partnership in the state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Very few state departments of transportation are using apps to provide this critical traveler information. The app is both simple and innovative and is sure to become a necessary tool for those who travel on Colorado highways.”
The app will provide travelers with speeds and travel times, road conditions, road closures and other traffic-related incidents, and road work, including construction and maintenance activities.
“From snowplow route engineering to our robust website, CDOT has worked hard to deploy current technological developments where it makes the most sense,” said CDOT director Don Hunt. “A Smartphone application that benefits more than five million Colorado residents and the 52 million guests we host annually is the next best step as part of our continuing program to improve and diversify our communications efforts.”
There is no cost to the taxpayer or to CDOT in the development of CDOT Mobile. Costs to fund development as well as administration and maintenance will be realized through the sale of advertising and sponsorship on the App, as well as CDOT’s Cotrip.org website, and the 5-1-1 interactive voice response system.
Notifications and alerts from CDOT and advertisers will encourage travelers to avoid peak travel times and take advantage of offers and special deals from advertisers instead of sitting in traffic.
“Content will continually be enhanced and include historical travel times on the weekends to allow motorists to determine the best time to travel; data from a national weather provider and directional maps to enhance trip planning; as well as information such as the location of gas stations and the nearest cup of coffee.”
CDOT Mobile will focus initially on the I-70 corridor between Denver and Vail, which sees an average of 30,000 vehicles each day. The next phase of the app, which will focus on the I-25 corridor, will be added to the application this winter. Phase three will focus on other highways throughout the rest of the state.
To download CDOT Mobile, simply text “CDOT” to 25827 or search CDOT Mobile in your App Store.