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ohio department of transportation internet news release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27,  1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT Enhances Travel
Information System

Columbus – Gordon Proctor, interim director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, today announced the department has upgraded its Ohio Travel Information System (OTIS), to provide visitors with another option of viewing construction and other activities affecting Ohio’s roads.

"The enhanced system uses OTIS’s existing information, and groups it according to the specific road type, such as an interstate, state, or U.S. route," said Proctor. "Previously, motorists planning to travel on more than one highway had to perform a search of each route. By including the option of searching by road type we can help drivers in planning their trips."

OTIS provides Internet users with up-to-date information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events. Launched in June of 1998, OTIS also includes information regarding the impact of winter weather on road conditions. The site can be viewed at:

Users already logged onto ODOT’S website can view this site by clicking on the "print results" button located at the bottom of the OTIS home page.

"Visitors consistently place construction information in the top 10 most popular pages of the ODOT Web site," said Proctor. "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 the construction information but also provide a variety of methods to obtain it."

No additional software or hardware was purchased, and no consultants or external 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.