COLORADO (KRDO) -- The Colorado Department of Transportation launched a new app this month to provide statewide, real-time traffic information.
CDOT says its app has something that Google Maps and others lack: real-time road information — direct from the source — that’s particularly vital for winter mountain driving on I-70. Timely, as snow plows through the western part of the state, causing hazardous driving on I-70 and shutting down parts of I-25 north of Denver.
The novelty of this app is that it's a near carbon copy of its CDOT's newly renovated website. A layering feature allows you to see a list of several items on the map all at once. That includes:
- Real-time weather conditions
- Road maintenance and construction projects with start dates and end times
- Future road projects to be on the lookout for
- Live cameras
- Where chain laws are in effect
COTrip Planner even has a "trucker mode," which shows information specialized for big-rig drivers.
The "Tell Me" function allows hands-free use, with the app announcing upcoming conditions and incidents along the route or in the area.
COTrip Planner does not currently have turn-by-turn direction capabilities, like Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze — but CDOT has plans to include that in a future app update. Additionally, live road information is available only for state and federal highways, not local roads.
Other updates to look forward to are snow plow trackers — something to look forward to after a "name competition" over the summer dubbed snowplows in Colorado with fun, new names, such as Darth Blader.