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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation, with help from its federal counterpart, will wirelessly connect snowplows, trucks, fleet management centers and roadside equipment to improve safety this winter.

WYDOT will develop applications that use networked wireless communications to provide enhanced advisories to trucks and personal vehicles on the Interstate 80 corridor in Wyoming.

The goal is to reduce the incidents associated with bad weather on I-80. WYDOT hopes to improve safety and mobility along the interstate by reducing the number of truck blowovers, road closures and other incidents.

The United States Department of Transportation is providing $730,000 for the first phase of the project. The I-80 corridor in Wyoming was one of only three locations around the nation selected to participate in the program.

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“Much of the freight moving from West Coast ports to the Midwest uses that highway, which can experience rapidly changing and extreme weather conditions,” said WYDOT Director John Cox in a news release. “Anything we can do to help get road and traffic condition information to the drivers on the highway will improve safety for travelers in commercial and private vehicles.”

WYDOT will be supported by a team that includes people from ICF International, the University of Wyoming, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, TriHydro, the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies and McFarland Management.

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