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 www.modot.org/eupdates.

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 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

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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