TripCheck.com and 511 provide winter travel information

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Need to check the pass conditions for Siskiyou or Sexton mountains? Now in its eighth year of service, TripCheck.com, the Oregon Department of Transportation’s travel information Web site, continues to receive rave reviews for its valuable traveler information. The TripCheck.com network of cameras now includes more than 190 cameras statewide. Here are some of the new features available.

  • NOAA Alerts The National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) provides adverse weather watches and warnings. We now display these watches and warnings under the Alerts section of TripCheck.
  • Sno-Zone update TripCheck added new icons to show areas specifically for snow zones. These are the new white dot icons. They will show information on areas where motorists are required to chain up or carry traction tires.
  • Transportation Options This menu offers four easy ways to find services in planning a trip on public transportation. Search by City or County, City to City, Special Accommodations, or by an alphabetical listing.
  • Ramp and Rest Areas closures Highway ramps, interchanges, and rest area delays and closures will appear on the TripCheck map. Icons for the delays and closures on the ramps and interchanges will be the same as all the others, with the exception of stating ‘interchange’ or ‘on/off-ramp’ in the icon message at the location.

5-1-1 service

ODOT’s phone system provides the same road condition information as TripCheck.com, simply dial 511. Please be aware that some phone companies in Oregon do not support the 511 dialing option. If your carrier is among this group, please dial our other toll-free number 800-977-ODOT (6368). If you are dialing from outside the state of Oregon, please dial 503-588-2941.

You may use TripCheck 511 system’s voice recognition system to ‘speak’ your instructions into the system, just follow the prompts provided. This can speed your use of the system and make selection easier, particularly for cell phone users.

The system will also allow you to interrupt the information being presented if you want to navigate to another menu. For instance, speak ‘highway’ at any time and the system will return you to the Road Conditions by Highway menu option.

Cell phones, PDAs

Oregon road condition information is now available for cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). The new service provides incident information, road closures, traveler services, camera views and more, formatted specifically for the smaller screens of mobile devices.

‘We’ve created another option for finding out what’s going on in traffic or checking out road conditions across the state,’ said Galen McGill, manager of ODOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems.Users simply go to the site on their mobile device, www.TripCheck.com or www.TripCheck.com/mobile. An easy-to-use menu offers access to traffic alerts, incident information, road conditions, and traveler services. In addition, cameras within three miles of a reported incident are linked directly to that incident for quick visual checking. Users can also create and save a list of the cameras they check most often.

The new mobile site also offers easy links to restaurants, lodging, gas stations, camping and attractions. Users simply follow the menu to find options, select one and click the link to dial the hotel directly.

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