MDOT improves Mi Drive site for motorists

Contact: Jeff Cranson, Director of Communications, 517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation

- The new map loads more quickly than ever before on both the Web-based and mobile versions of the Mi Drive site.
- With a new corridor feature, I-94 travelers can check traffic speeds, lane closures and camera images all the way from Port Huron to New Buffalo.
- Mi Drive users now can choose a Bing map aerial or traditional road view.

June 27, 2012 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has unveiled upgrades to its popular Mi Drive traffic data Web site, including a corridor dashboard to check road and traffic conditions on busy I-94, a major route for both commercial and passenger traffic. Both the Web and mobile-based versions of Mi Drive have the same address:

Motorists can now check real-time color-coded views of traffic flow and speeds on both directions of I-94, all the way from Port Huron to New Buffalo. Motorists also can get construction information, traffic incident reports, information about the Blue Water Bridge and see message signs along the route. Right now, I-94 is the only corridor to select but more corridor views will be added over time. MDOT says it was responding to requests from users who wanted to be aware of conditions on the entire I-94 corridor before getting behind the wheel. The corridor view on the mobile site differs slightly from the view on the main site.

In addition, both versions of the Mi Drive site now give users the option of viewing information on either a Bing map aerial view or the traditional Mi Drive road view with a new map that loads much quicker than before. Shortcutting Mi Drive on a smartphone provides quick access to the site.

"We continue to encourage motorists to 'Know Before You Go.' This means checking out Mi Drive before you leave for home or work," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "We're pleased to provide motorists with more tools to help them plan their routes around construction and traffic delays, and to arrive safely at their destinations."

The Mi Drive site is intended to help motorists get traffic conditions, construction information, weather reports, camera views and speeds on state highways on their computers, laptops, smartphones or other mobile devices before getting behind the wheel. The latest improvements to the site were funded with $250,000 in federal seat belt funding from the National Traffic Safety Administration.

In March, MDOT added new Facebook, Twitter and e-mail buttons to both the Web-based and mobile versions of the Mi Drive site, along with a new button to generate a link to content a user is viewing, to make it easier to share information on social media sites, personal Web sites, or to bookmark in a browser for quick reference.

Originally introduced in 2007, the Mi Drive site has been revamped several times and has proved to be popular with motorists. There were more than 225,000 individual page views of the Mi Drive site in May 2012. It is maintained by MDOT, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the state's Center for Shared Solutions & Technology Partnerships and MDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems program.

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