CDOT assumes information role
Statewide hotline, Web sites to provide drivers updated road conditions
November 18, 2001
By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
The Colorado State Patrol Communications Center in Moffat County will no longer handle road condition and weather information requests.
A new statewide hotline has been set up, along with two Web sites that will disperse the information.
Drivers can call the toll-free number at (877) 315-7623, which covers all of Colorado except for the Denver metro-area.
In Denver, drivers can call (303) 639-1111 to be connected with the hotline. The toll-free number will only work within the state.
The phone lines and the Web sites, http://www.cotrip.org and http://www.dot.state.co.us, are updated five times a day, and provide information on conditions.
The site http://www.cotrip.org has access to traffic cameras along Interstate 70.
“We will no longer have local weather or road-condition information,” said Lybette Stieb-Sorensen, Regional Communications Manager for the State Patrol. “Since we’ve regionalized our communication centers, no State Patrol center is doing local information recordings. The new Traffic Operations Center has the funding and the manpower to handle the information. With our workload, we don’t have the time for the process.”
The Traffic Operations Center is part of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
The CSP Communications Center, located in the Moffat County Public Safety Center, handles dispatch duties for nine counties and serves the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Police Department and several state agencies.
The dispatchers still receive information from semi drivers and other agency reports, but it’s no longer processed or organized at the PSC. The information is automatically shipped to the Traffic Operations Center.
“It’s always been CDOT’s responsibility to deal with this information, and now they’re taking over the work,” Stieb-Sorensen said. “That’s CDOT’s job to monitor traffic flow and give this information out. Anyone who wants road-condition information needs to call the hotline, or visit one of the Web sites.”
For road condition and weather information in Colorado, call (877) 315-7623, or in the Denver metro-area, call (303) 639-1111.