JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation's popular Traveler Information Map has been improved. Now you can "look for the blue" to find roadwork that's scheduled for a future date.
The Traveler Information Map, located at http://www.modot.org/, has always shown active work zones, but MoDOT has enhanced the display to look further down the road. New blue icons show roadwork coming up seven days in advance of your trip.
"Using this tool you can find out what to expect when you head out for a trip a week in advance," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn. "Our goal is to provide information that makes for memorable trips, not miserable ones."
Obviously, some work zones may be delayed by weather or other factors, but most will start on the date shown when you roll your cursor over an icon. The rollover also shows the kind of work zone that will be in place and whether or not you should seek an alternate route.
When the work begins, the icon changes color to yellow, orange or red to display the level of traffic impact. Travelers should always check the map again the day of their trip to see if work zones are active and what level of delay to expect.
To learn more, visit www.modot.org and click on the Traveler Information Map in the center of the homepage. From there, choose the blue work zone icon check box on the left and get a glimpse into the future of your journey. It may save you time.... and a bit of frustration.