IDOT offers I-57 drivers a 'Smart' way to keep moving
Using its Smart Work Zones system, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is offering Southern Illinois commuters up-to-the-minute traffic updates for areas affected by the Interstate 57 work near Marion, according to a press release.
Those planning to travel in the area can visit IDOT’s Getting Around Illinois website and engage the D9 traffic layer, which will show how quickly traffic is moving. The layer will display cones color coded based on the speed of cars at the time, with green indicating they are moving freely, yellow that there are some speed reductions, orange that there are significant reductions and red that traffic is stop and go. The layer also allows users to view the messages currently being displayed on IDOT’s digital signs.
IDOT is working on the I-57 stretch between Marion and Interstate 24, reconstructing the northbound lanes. The project, which is the first for which IDOT is making its Smart Work Zone technology data available to the public online, is scheduled for completion this fall.
The Smart Work Zone system collects data about current traffic conditions using sensors, then shares that data with commuters so that they can avoid backups.
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