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January 15, 2013 - Rob Weaver
Now, Ohio motorists who are stuck in traffic can use their smart phones to do more than call to say they will be late.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has replaced — a traffic information website — with one a mobile site that allows drivers to view info about road closures and other delays.

ODOT unveiled the website,, today. It lets drivers get updates about accidents, current traffic speeds, road closures and construction areas. Winter road conditions also are be available from November to April each year.

Of course, using a hand-held electronic device while driving is dangerous. But a motorist who finds himself stuck behind a long line of cars now can use a smart phone to find out why traffic stopped, and find a new route.

I used the website this afternoon. I selected the Northwest Ohio region and a series of squares listing roads was displayed. At first, I thought the routes (for example E SR-2, W SR-2) could be used to specify your position (such as east of SR 2 or west of SR 2). Then I remembered SR 2 is an east-west road. E SR-2 and W SR-2, by the way, were noted as having “severe incidents” while SR 795 had “slow traffic.”

Further navigation (on the phone, that is) revealed high water had closed SR 203 in both directions between Prospect and SR 4. The road was expected to be closed until Thursday.

At the same time, SR 795 had slow traffic at mileposts 2.6, 3.3, 4.8, 7.9 and 8.9. All other major thoroughfares in the region were listed as in the clear! (The advisory included the exclamation point).

Meanwhile, in central Ohio, there was slow traffic on I-70, I-71, US 23, SR 104, US 33 and the southbound lanes of I-270 and SR 315.

The site did not indicate whether SR 18 was open yet through Bascom, though.


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