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CDOT rolls out road and weather info on social media platforms

DENVER, Colorado - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is rolling out free resources on a variety of media platforms to provide travelers with traffic, road conditions, weather and highway information.

CDOT urges motorists to check these sources before hitting the road so they know what to expect.

Resources include:

• www.cotrip.org: Information about real-time road conditions, highway closures, average speeds, photos, live cameras streaming traffic, trucking information and more.

• 511: From anywhere in the state, motorists can call 511 to listen to recorded information about road conditions, projected trip travel times, trucker information. The call is free and the recordings are updated at least once an hour, and often more frequently as conditions change.

• Free email/text alerts available at www.coloradodot.info : Click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page and choose from a list of subscription options, including regional information, road condition updates, trucker chain law information, CDOT news, construction project information, and more. Standard text messaging rates do apply. Subscribers can change their selections any time.

• CDOT Mobile App: Available on Droids and iPhones, text "CDOT" to 25827 or download "CDOT Mobile" from your App Store. Offers information about conditions on I-70 (more highways coming soon), travel times, road closures, nearby attractions, etc.

• Twitter: Follow @coloradodot for traveler information and other CDOT news. You can also ask us a question, read what others have asked us, and give feedback. More than 16,000 motorists already follow CDOT.

• Facebook: "Like" CDOT at www.facebook.com/coloradodot. Major updates regarding traveler information and other CDOT news are posted regularly, as well as photos, safe winter driving tips, and other relevant information. CDOT also responds to posts and questions every day.

• Winter Driving Website: Visit www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving to get information about safety and survival gear to carry in your vehicle during the winter, how to safely pass a snow plow, commercial vehicle requirements, seasonal closures, snow removal, avalanche control, and so forth.

CDOT reminds motorists that distracted driving in any form is dangerous. Distracted driving includes using a smart phone, reading a map, and even eating or drinking while driving. If you plan to use any of the resources above, please do so before you get behind the wheel, or safely pull off the road before searching for an update.

And remember CDOT's winter safety slogan: When there is ice and snow, take it slow.


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