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Real-Time Video Sites to Watch Traffic Flow at Colorado Truck Stops in Cooperative Plan

Colorado plans to place 20 video monitors in truck stops around the state that will allow truckers and other travelers to view real-time conditions on the road ahead.

The monitors will stream video from cameras to be placed along the state’s major highways by the Colorado Department of Transportation, which also will  install the software in truck stops to support the system.

“Travelers will be able to see current traffic speeds, weather conditions and bottlenecks,” CDOT said in a June 11 statement announcing the plan.

“In addition, drivers will be provided with alerts related to road closures, accidents, roadway construction, and other conditions that could affect travel,” CDOT said.

The program is a cooperative effort between CDOT, various truck stop operators, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, and Wal-Mart, which donated the monitors.

As Colorado truck drivers know, rapid weather changes are common in the mountainous state, CMCA Chairman Victor Do-menico said in a statement. “Allowing drivers to visually see the current conditions on key highways will allow them to make better decisions in their trip planning and preparation,” he said.

Domenico joined CDOT and Wal-Mart representatives at a kick-off event last month at one of the state’s largest truck stops, Johnson’s Corner Truckstop in Johnstown.

The systems also will be installed in truck stops in Commerce City, Wiggins, Grand Junction, Limon, Watkins, Fountain, Brush, Walsenberg and Glenwood Springs.

By Michele Fuetsch
Staff Reporter

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