Department of Transportation to develop app for updating traffic conditions

The state is working on its own bespoke app to keep drivers on Illinois roads up to date.

Effective Jan. 1, the Illinois Department of Transportation will begin development of a mobile application updating traffic conditions for travelers, including accidents, road construction, lane closures and weather, among other things. Developing and implementing the app will cost an estimated $2.515 million, with an annual maintenance cost of about $775,000.

Senate Bill 1526, filed in February by Sen. Laura Ellman, D-Naperville, and signed into law in June, mandated the department start work on the app next year. The Senate voted 53-4 to pass the bill in March, while the House of Representatives voted 69-40 in May.

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