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ohio department of transportation internet news release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT enhances travel information system
COLUMBUS -- Just in time for this year’s first blast of winter, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced it has upgraded its Ohio Transportation Information System (OTIS) to help Ohioans deal with snowy or icy highways.

The enhanced system includes information regarding the impact of winter weather on road conditions. Through the Internet, OTIS, reports major events that slow or detour traffic on Ohio highways.

"OTIS provides motorists with valuable information on lane and road closures caused by construction, flooding, accidents or other events," said former ODOT Director Jerry Wray. "The system will now include information on road closures caused by winter storms and provide a general description of the conditions of Ohio’s highways. By alerting motorists to where hazardous conditions exist, we can help them take precautionary measures in their travels."

OTIS visitors looking for information regarding the effects of snow and ice can customize their search by specifying a city or county. The data is updated regularly by the ODOT District Offices.

"Visitors consistently place construction information in the top 10 most popular pages of the ODOT Web site," said Wray. "OTIS was created with adaptability in mind because drivers generally aren’t concerned with what is slowing traffic, but where the obstruction is and how long it will be there. By enhancing OTIS, we not only provide construction information but also include winter road conditions."

OTIS was launched in June. No additional software or hardware was purchased, and no consultants or extra personnel were employed to create OTIS. The entire system was conceived, designed, programmed and developed in-house using existing ODOT resources. Similar systems in other states have cost more than $1.5 million to create.