MoDOT Adds Text Option to Alert System

| November 21, 2012
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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:

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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

Press Release:

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 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

carry over.

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

going on.

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.

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