Colorado DOT Sets Up Information Kiosks At Truck Stops

CODOT Wal Mart Help Truck Drivers

Colorado DOT Installs Kiosks To Assist Drivers Truck drivers passing through select Colorado truck stops may notice a new feature.  The Colorado Department of Transportation has set up traffic information kiosks at 7 truck stops throughout the state and plans to expand to another 30 locations. The kiosks feature 42″ TVs that scroll footage of traffic cameras, weather conditions, road closures and traffic information.

Colorado Motor Carriers Association President Greg Fulton told the Loveland Reporter Herald that a picture really is worth a 1,000 words saying, a driver might hear about a snow packed road, but actually seeing the snow packed road might help drivers decide if they need to plan an alternate route.

The first seven truck stops to receive the kiosks are in Commerce City, Wiggins, Grand Junction, Limon, Watkins, Fountain, Walsenburg and Glenwood Springs.

Walmart donated 30 TVs for the program, but Fulton says his organization and the Colorado DOT are hoping other truck stops opt to join in the program and install their own TVs.

“We anticipate that some of the other truck stops will add some of the monitors themselves as this goes along,” Fulton said Wednesday.”

Read more about where these real time update stations are being built and what they will offer truck drivers at Trucking Info.

Truck drivers, what do you think?  Would this be a good nationwide feature, or would you still rely on the CB for updates on road conditions?