Motorists can now receive text messages from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Click to hear KMZU ‘s Kristie Cross talk to Production Manager Matt Hiebert:
Hiebert says the messages will provide construction updates, as well as other information. “There will be weather related road condition alerts and, if a major route or interstate is closed due to the weather, motorists will get a short message notifying them,”said Hiebert,” Then, once it is re-opened they will get that information as well. We have a very refined system. They can pick their region, the county they want, and even specific projects.”
Missourians can register by visiting www.modot.org/eupdates.
MoDOT has added a text alert option to its popular
“E-update” email subscription system. This means travelers can get urgent
road information sent straight to their mobile device.
“Text alerts from our real-time traffic services — Kansas City Scout
and Gateway Guide — are popular in Missouri’s metropolitan areas,” said
Matt Hiebert, MoDOT production manager. “Now motorists in the rest of the
state can also benefit from these notifications.”
Just visit www.modot.org/eupdates to sign up for the service. You
don’t even need a smartphone … just one that can receive text messages.
Signing up is easy. If you already have an E-update account, just
login and add your provider information and cellphone number. That’s it!
If you’re new to E-updates, create an account and choose which counties,
routes and regions you want to know about.
Current E-update subscribers just need to go to the sign-in page and
supply their cellphone number and provider name. Their subscriptions will
When there’s trouble on a road or region you’ve added, whether it’s
weather-related or an incident, our staff will send notifications to
everyone who’s signed up. You’ll get a short message telling you what’s
And if you want to opt out of the service later, just log in to your
account and remove your cellphone information.
A MoDOT E-update account is required and data charges may apply
depending on your cellphone package.
Even if you don’t opt in for the text alert option, E-updates can
keep you informed of road conditions, project information and other
transportation-related info through email.
MoDOT reminds everyone that distracted driving is a major contributor
to traffic crashes and this feature should NEVER be used while driving.