Traveler Information Unit
This unit provides the traveling public with timely information about Colorado's interstates, U.S. and state highway systems. The Advanced Traveler Information Unit is operated by Public Information Officers (PIOs), communication professionals, acting as C.D.O.T.'s spokespersons. The unit is an integral part of Incident Management Response Teams and operates 24 hours a day. As well as helping call out forces, the unit also operates as an incident notification system; using the Internet and various paging systems to notify C.D.O.T. workers and officials of the latest highway information.
The ATIU collects information from statewide sources on road and weather conditions as well as major incidents. Before CTMC and C.D.O.T. involvement, Colorado State Patrol dispatchers updated Colorados statewide road and weather hotline as best they could. As part of their many duties, dispatchers had to use an antiquated telephone recording system. C.D.O.T. still uses CSP information as the basis of the statewide report in addition to other sources statewide.
The ATIU continues
to develop alternative weather and road information resources as State
Patrol offices close in many out-state areas. Among these, closed circuit
cameras from several sources, including commercial broadcasters' website
cams, aid in statewide monitoring of latest conditions. PIOs also communicate
with probe vehicles, particularly on I-70 in the mountains, to monitor
traffic volume and accident back-ups. Colorado's port of entry, snowplow
drivers, and C.D.O.T. staff in Glenwood Canyon maintain two-way radio
communication with C.D.O.T. field operations throughout Colorados
Broadcast Fax System
sending hard copy reports to more than 200 customers in less than 10
minutes. Two-page road and weather reports containing more than 100
Colorado cities and towns, and listing current road conditions. This
report is issued four times daily in the winter and once daily during
the summer, which include road alerts updating changing conditions,
accidents, chain restrictions, closures, etc.
Internet website provides the same information as the two-page road reports, road alerts, and construction alerts. The Public Information Officers also update variable message signs and cameras that are available on our website, CoTrip.org.
Live and recorded interviews with radio and television stations on road conditions, major incidents, etc. PIOs provide information and watch commercial TV crawlers containing road and weather information across the bottom of the screen alerting viewers of road closures or restrictions. Misleading crawlers are "caught" by the PIOs and corrected with a diplomatic call to the newsroom.
Highway Advisory Radios to inform the public of problems and road conditions ahead. Low power AM broadcast systems are located throughout the state. Recorded messages or live broadcasts are possible.
Variable Message Signs are used to alert motorists of heavy traffic, hazards, chain restrictions, closures or other problems, and to provide alternate routes and parking information.
The Advanced Traveler Information unit will assume weekend and overnight operations for the Colorado Springs Traffic Operations Center when fiber optic cable lines are completed to link the two offices.
The Advanced Traveler
Information System uses many of the same hardware components and software
systems as the Advanced Traffic Management system. Some of the additional
components used include:
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