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WYDOT widens access to road-closure data in severe weather

Agreement with Google aims to prevent stranded motorists led astray by GPS

When snow, high winds and other severe weather conditions require the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to close Interstate 80 – one of the nation’s primary east-west highways – conditions on secondary roads are often even more dangerous.

Yet without sufficient data, some navigational apps may reroute I-80 motorists and commercial vehicle operators onto those very roads. WYDOT is now working to improve safety and facilitate the efficient movement of freight by sharing road-closure data directly with Google and other navigation companies.

Expanding access to road-closure data is espe...