JEFFERSON CITY - With the first snow of the season hitting several parts of the state, the Missouri Department of Transportation reminds travelers that road condition information is easy to access by using the MoDOT Traveler Information Map online or by calling its toll-free, 24-hour customer service center.
Located at http://www.modot.org/, MoDOT's Traveler Information Map gives drivers an up-to-the-minute view of road conditions for state highways and interstates. Conditions for these routes are color-coded to give visitors the information they need at a glance.
"It's as easy as looking out the window," said Beth Wright, State Maintenance Engineer. "One click on the map and you can see what's happening on the roads and determine your plan of action."
By using the zoom function, users can learn the condition of local city and county arteries that receive continuous attention from MoDOT crews. More specific information is available by viewing state highway conditions by city, county or route. As users narrow the view to specific areas, interstate exit numbers and lower-volume highways appear.
A text report and links to road condition maps for surrounding states are also featured on the site. In addition, users can access traffic cameras, view message boards or see if any highway sections are closed by incidents.
Motorists can also contact MoDOT's customer service representatives 24-hours a day by calling 1-888 ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636), toll-free. In addition, MoDOT uses Facebook and Twitter to provide weather-related information and tips. Visit http://www.modot.org/ and click on the Facebook and Twitter icons.
Although the Traveler Information Map and the reports used by MoDOT customer service are updated around the clock during winter events, road conditions can go from bad to worse in an instant. Drivers are strongly urged to consult other sources before heading out in questionable weather. Tune in to television and radio stations for additional local information.
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