SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation has an improved winter road condition map at gettingaroundillinois.com.
Instead of showing conditions by county, the map will reflect road conditions for each of the 120 snow-and-ice removal team jurisdictions. Snow plow drivers report road conditions through a cloud-based system that updates the map.
Conditions on interstates and U.S. routes will have a priority status and appear more prominently on the map.
“Illinois winters are notorious for changing quickly and drastically, sometimes over just a few miles. These improvements to Getting Around Illinois will give travelers information that’s more reliable and more local,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman in a news release. “I urge you to bookmark and regularly check this valuable resource to help you stay safe and prepared throughout the winter.”
IDOT has posted a video on youtube.com showing how users can make good use of the interactive map. Users who enter “IDOT Winter Road Conditions Map Tutorial” into a browser search will be directed to the youtube link.
The winter road conditions map is available for both desktop computers and smartphones.
As an indication of its popularity, the website gets more than 2.5 million page views each year. The website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to a location, travel route or destination as well as look up information on current construction projects and others identified for improvement in IDOT’s multiyear program.
Source: The Daily Chronicle