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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ITD Launches New Low-Bandwidth Version of 511 Website

The Idaho Transportation Department has unveiled a new low-bandwidth version of the popular 511 traveler information website. That's because, in the past, new road information took as long as 15 minutes to be displayed. On the new website, updated information will appear to users almost instantly.

The new version of the website also provides easier web navigation, while offering the same information, but in an easier-to-use format. The information on the site includes winter driving conditions, accident information, construction information, highway web cameras, commercial vehicle restrictions and mountain pass information.

Here's what's new on the site:

- Easier-to-understand location descriptions, providing distance and direction to the nearest town.
- Users will now be able to access maps of individual highways - even close-ups of sections of highways - to get a better picture of current conditions
- The website now offers weather information from 83 Road Weather Information Stations across the state.
- For those who find the print size on the web page difficult to read, users now can modify the size of the displayed print at any time.

Here's the link if you want to try the new site out.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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