As part of an effort to enhance safety and improve traffic, many truckstops in Colorado will soon be equipped with a video system to provide travelers with real-time information relating to roadway, weather, and traffic conditions on key highways in the state. The program is a cooperative effort involving Walmart, truckstops, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA), and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
The program was unveiled last week at Johnson’s Corner Truckstop in Johnstown, Colo. In the coming weeks, the video system will be placed in truckstops in Commerce City, Wiggins, Grand Junction, Limon, Watkins, Fountain, Brush, Walsenberg, and Glenwood Springs.
Twenty 42-inch HDTV monitors, donated by Walmart Transportation, will be placed in truckstops throughout the state. The monitors will provide streaming video from CDOT video cameras along major highways in the state. As part of the project CDOT is installing the necessary software at each of the truckstops to drive the video display.
The video monitors will allow travelers to view real-time conditions on Colorado's highways, including traffic speeds, weather conditions and bottlenecks. In addition drivers will be provided with alerts related to road closures, accidents, roadway construction, and other conditions that could affect travel.
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