CARBONDALE – (ENEWSPF)–July 24, 2017. As part of its commitment to provide the public with the latest information to plan their trips, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is sharing additional details on travel conditions in the Interstate 57 work zone near Marion through the Getting Around Illinois website.
To access, simply click here and select the “D9” traffic layer. Green cones signify vehicles are moving freely, yellow cones represent moderate reductions in speeds, orange ones show an even greater reduction and red cones indicate traffic is stop and go. Clicking on each cone displays the average rate of speed in which traffic is moving on northbound I-57 and the approaching westbound lanes on Interstate 24. Clicking on the sign icons shows the messages currently being displayed to drivers via digital message boards.
The information is made possible through IDOT’s use of Smart Work Zones. The system utilizes sensors to relay traffic information in advance of a work zone so motorists are aware of any backups and can elect to use detours or seek alternate routes.
The I-57 project is the first time IDOT is expanding the technology to share information with the public online. The project currently consists of reconstructing the northbound lanes from approximately Marion to I-24. The southbound section was completed earlier this year. The entire project is scheduled to be completed this fall.
GettingAroundIllinois.com debuted 10 years ago and relaunched earlier this year in a mobile-friendly format. The site is a one-stop shop for visitors seeking traffic counts, road conditions, weather radar and other travel-related information.