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 About Buckeye Traffic

 
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Buckeye Traffic (www.buckeyetraffic.org) provides Ohio travelers with up-to-date information on road conditions, traffic, construction, and other activity affecting roadways managed by The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Information provided by this site is updated frequently and comes from a variety of sources, such as pavement sensors and monitoring stations, traffic cameras, and through direct input by ODOT personnel. Whereas the information in this site is kept accurate and up-to-date as possible, Ohio travelers should refer to local and regional information outlets and agencies for the latest information during weather/disaster emergencies. This site is maintained by ODOT.
 
The current version of Buckeye Traffic is v2.4.7.
 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
GENERAL
 
 
 
MAPS, ICONS, AND GENERAL USAGE
 
 
 
 
 
 
ROAD ACTIVITY (ROADWORK, ACCIDENTS, ETC.)
 
 
 
 
WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS
 
 
 
 
TRAFFIC SPEED DISPLAY
 
 
 
 
DYNAMIC MESSAGE SIGNS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HIGHWAY ADVISORY RADIO (HAR)
 
 
 
CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION (CCTV) CAMERAS
 
 
 
OTHER TOPICS
 
 
 

 GENERAL

 

— Which Ohio roadways and interstates does Buckeye Traffic report on?

Buckeye Traffic reports road activity (closures, accidents, etc.) and winter road conditions for all ODOT-managed roads in Ohio. This includes all interstate highways, U.S. routes, and state routes with the following exceptions: interstate routes inside the city limits of Akron, Canton, and Dayton; U.S. and state routes inside city limits; and the Ohio Turnpike.
 
The Ohio Turnpike (also known as Interstate 80, 90 and 76 in various sections throughout the state) is under the control and administration of the Ohio Turnpike Commission (OTC), which is a separate and independent agency. Please visit the OTC site for construction and weather information for the Turnpike.
 
For information on activity and conditions for roadways in other states, please visit FHWA's National Traffic and Road Closure Information Page.
 
— How do I contact ODOT if I have questions? 
 
Click here for phone and address listings for ODOT's Central Office (Columbus, OH) and District offices.
 
Click here to submit a comment or ask a question using ODOT's automated feedback form.
 

 MAPS, ICONS, AND GENERAL USAGE

 
 
— How do I use Buckeye Traffic? What do I do first?
 
Buckeye Traffic allows you to view up-to-date information about ODOT-managed roadways throughout Ohio. You can use the Travel Status Filter located on the left side of the Buckeye Traffic screen to select road activity (accidents, roadwork, etc.), web cameras, and other items to display in the map (after clicking Update Map), or you can use the text-only version of the site to search for information. Click here for instructions on displaying items in the map.

— How do I zoom in, zoom out, or pan the map?
 
Click here for instructions on zooming and panning the map.
 
Click here for instructions on displaying travel status icons in the map.
 
— What does the Update Map button do?
 
The Update Map button displays in the map the items you've selected in the Travel Status Filter.  When you select or deselect items in the Travel Status Filter (such as roadwork, winter road conditions, etc.), you should click the Update Map button to refresh the map display.  Clicking the Update Map button will also update the Traffic Speed Display.  The Traffic Speed Display does not update automatically.  Note: When you click Update Map button, items are displayed only in the area of the map you are viewing. If you zoom or pan away from that area of the map, you will not see any icons in the area you zoom/pan to until you click Update Map again.
 
— What do the different icons in the map mean?
 
Buckeye Traffic uses a variety of icons to represent road conditions, road activity, web camera sites, pavement sensors, and more. The Travel Status menu located along the left side of the Buckeye Traffic screen shows the majority of icons that may appear in the map. To learn more about a particular icon in the map, simply position your mouse cursor over the icon to view a popup message about the icon.
 

 ​​ROAD ACTIVITY (ROADWORK, ACCIDENTS, ETC.)

 
 
— How do I view construction project locations in the map?
 
To display construction project locations, select Road Activity - Roadwork in the Travel Status Filter, then click the Update Map button. Click here for more information about using the Travel Status Filter to display icons in the map.
 
— What types of road activity does Buckeye Traffic display?
 
The types of road activity Buckeye Traffic can display are listed in the Road Activity section of the Travel Status Filter. Click here for more information about using the Travel Status Filter to display icons in the map.
 
 
— What does the color of a road activity icon mean?
 
The color of a road activity icon indicates how traffic flow is being affected at that location. A red icon means the road is closed at that location; a yellow icon means traffic flow is restricted, such as a two lanes being narrowed to one lane; and a green icon means that traffic is not affected at the location.
 

 WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS

 
 
— What roads does Buckeye Traffic include in its winter road condition information?
 
Click here for information on which Ohio roadways are included in Buckeye Traffic.
 
— Where does Buckeye Traffic get winter road condition information?
 
Winter road condition information is entered into Buckeye Traffic by ODOT county garages and outposts throughout Ohio's eighty-eight counties. Click here for more information about ODOT's district and county organization and whom to contact within a particular region of Ohio.
 
— How often is winter road condition information updated?
 
During Ohio's snow and ice season (typically November through April), ODOT county garages and outposts throughout the state update winter road condition approximately every two hours for their respective reporting locations. Buckeye Traffic displays the time at which the winter road condition for a particular route was last updated. To view this time, simply position your mouse cursor over a winter road condition icon to display a popup message which includes the time of the last update.
 

 OTHER TOPICS

 
 
— Is an XML or RSS feed available for Buckeye Traffic?
 
If you wish to access and use current Buckeye Traffic data for your own site or applications, XML feeds are available for Buckeye Traffic web cameras and road activity data. API documentation explaining the XML data structure for these feeds is available here.
 
 

 "HOW TO" INSTRUCTIONS

 
How to zoom in/out and pan within the map.
 
To zoom in on a specific location in the map, position your mouse cursor over location you wish to zoom in on and double-click. The map will zoom in one level and center the map on that location.
 
To zoom in on a specific area of the map, first position your mouse cursor in the map. Next, press and hold the Alt key and at the same time click and hold the mouse button, then drag the mouse cursor to create a box in the screen (shown right). When you release the mouse button, the map will zoom in on the area within the box.
To zoom out from a specific location in map, position your mouse cursor over the location you wish to zoom away from, press and hold down the Alt key and double-click the mouse button. The map will zoom out one level and center the map on that location.
 
To zoom in or out using the map control (shown right), simply click the plus "+" or minus "–" buttons to zoom in or out. The map control is located in the top-left corner of the map.
 
To pan the map (left, right, up, down, etc), position your mouse cursor within the map, click and hold the mouse button, then drag the mouse in any direction. The map will pan in the direction you move the mouse. You can also pan the map by clicking the direction buttons located in the round, blue circle in the map control in the top-left corner of the map.
 
 
To display travel status icons in the map, such as road closures, web cameras, roadwork, etc., select the items you wish to display from the Travel Status Filter, which is located in the Travel Status menu (shown right). To select an item, simply click the checkbox next to the name of the item. After selecting the items you wish to display, click the Update Map button. The map will then load and display the selected items. Note: It may take several seconds to display the items you selected, depending on the number of items you've selected.  
 
— How to contact ODOT if I have questions.
 
Click here for phone and address listings for ODOT's Central Office (Columbus, OH) and District offices.
 
Click here to submit a comment or ask a question using ODOT's automated feedback form.
 

 TROUBLESHOOTING

 
 
It is possible (and not uncommon) for some tiles within the map to fail to display immediately after zooming in/out or panning. The missing portions should display shortly after zooming/panning, depending on download speed and server performance.
 
Icons do not display after zooming or panning the map.
 
When you zoom or pan the map, you must click the Update Maps button to re-display icons in the location you have zoomed/panned to.
 
 
Browser performance can be slow due to many possible reasons, such as your internet connection speed, the browser and version you are using, the number of icons you are attempting to display in the map, server performance, and more. The Buckeye Traffic site is designed to work with today's popular browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer 5.0+ and Mozilla Firefox) over most common connection speeds. The most common reason for slow browser performance with Buckeye Traffic is when you attempt to display many items in the map at a single time. To improve performance, attempt to limit the number of items you display.
 
Buckeye Traffic browser compatibility.
  
Buckeye Traffic is compatible with the following web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher; Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and higher. Although Buckeye Traffic is designed to work with standards-compliant browsers, it is possible that the system may experience display and/or performance problems on Safari, Opera, or Mozilla Suite (Gecko, Netscape) browsers. If you are using one of these browsers and are having problems displaying the map in Buckeye Traffic, please consider downloading and installing either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.