DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation has reformed the way people know what happens along the state’s highways. This month CDOT launched a revamped website and a new mobile app to bring as much real-time information as possible to drivers.
For dozens of companies specializing in getting tourists from the airport to destinations in the mountains, the updated technology is a welcome addition.
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“Our dispatchers and operations managers continuously monitor the website,” said Jackie Roppel, owner of Summit Express, a transport company based in Silverthorne. “The road conditions and the travel warnings as well as the cameras are absolutely most important for our dispatchers.”
CDOT says its basic technology behind it COTrip.org was 18 years old. Newer software can better integrate cameras and even third-party technologies like Waze Alerts with the state’s Advanced Traffic Management System.
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Summit Express employs around 100 people in winter and operates up to 30 van trips to Denver International Airport during peak travel season. When it starts to snow, dispatchers work hard to keep drivers updated so guests can reach their destination.
“We can use it to contact our guests and make plans for the snowstorms. Why are you stuck on I-70? Will it be a long delay or a short one? It’s absolutely crucial for our business, ”said Roppel.
The country’s new technology allows users to do more with the data and has improved the ability to notify drivers of warnings along their route. Future improvements will include a plow tracker next month, and in 2022 the app is expected to be able to provide turn-by-turn directions for any location in Colorado.