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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 1999
ODOT Enhances Transportation Information System
ColumbusTo help motorists combat the hazards of snow and ice season, the Ohio Department of Transportation has upgraded its Ohio Transportation Information System (OTIS). The improved system has been enhanced to provide motorists more in-depth information regarding the impact of winter weather on road conditions.
"Previously visitors to the Web site could only access a written description of snow and ice activities occurring around the state," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "We have taken this process one step further by including interactive maps that highlight where hazardous conditions exist on a statewide, county and interstate level."
The maps enable users to access local weather and road conditions by simply clicking on the area of interest. For easy identification, the maps are also color-coded based on four weather related road conditions dry, wet, icy spots and icy, drifting, snow-covered which are designated by the department.
Launched in June of 1998, OTIS provides Internet users with up-to-date information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events. The winter weather related snow and ice site can be viewed at:
Users already logged onto ODOTS Web site can view this site by clicking the OTIS link at the top of the departments home page.
"OTIS was created with adaptability in mind because drivers generally arent concerned with what is slowing traffic, but how it will affect their travel," said Proctor. "By enhancing OTIS, were not only providing information about planned construction events, were helping motorists take precautionary measures in their travels by also including winter road conditions."
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.