Columbus -- The Ohio Department of Transportation has launched a new website to provide updated information on road conditions for travelers.
The site, www.ohgo.com will eventually replace ODOT's existing online road monitor (buckeyetraffic.org) and will be accessible via computers, smart phones and other electronic communications devices.
"We understand that each moment you spend in traffic is time that you're not spending with your family, with your friends or at your job," said Jerry Wray, ODOT director.
He added, "We cannot always build new roads and new interchanges and new intersections. We have to take what we have and make improvements and make it work better and serve the public better."
Users of the new site can select different cities or regions of the state, to access travel times, accidents, construction and winter road conditions for state highways and interstates.
The information is updated by ODOT employees, who monitor roadside cameras and other sources 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Routes are color-coded, depending on the average speed of travelers at any given time.
"If you see red, it's slow, just like a stoplight," said Todd Wulfhorst, project manager at ODOT's division of information technology, who demonstrated the new site for reporters Jan. 15.
The website was developed at a cost of about $260,000.
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