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ODOT launches new truck parking information system
KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
A new system launched along three major Ohio highways will make it much easier for truck drivers to find safe parking, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
ODOT's new Truck Parking Information Management System is expected to provide real-time information about available parking spaces at nine Ohio rest areas.
In central Ohio, rest-area parking is available along Interstate 70 in Licking and Madison counties and along U.S. Route 33 in Union County.
Parking information is to be displayed on digital signs along the highway as well as on OHGO.com and the OHGO app, transportation officials said in a press release.
A 2013 study found that 83 percent of drivers routinely took longer than 30 minutes to find parking. By using this system, drivers can monitor parking availability and make better-informed parking decisions as they near the limit of the their federally mandated hours of service.
"Truck drivers are vital to our economy, state Transportation Director Jerry Wray said in a prepared statement. "One of the biggest challenges they face is finding a safe place to park and rest.
"This system will help truck drivers plan ahead and allow them to stop wasting precious driving minutes searching for parking."
The multistate system, which is expected to be fully operational next month, was paid for with a $25 million federal transportation grant, the press release detailed. It includes Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The Buckeye State received the largest share of the grant, $5.3 million, and contributed another $787,000, bringing the total investment to $6.1 million.
This system is expected to generate more than $403 million in benefits through the life of the project.
Better parking information also means fewer non-routine maintenance repairs on highway shoulders and ramps due to illegal parking, officials said.
It is estimated that the search for safe, convenient parking annually costs the country $4.4 billion and increases carbon dioxide emissions by 3.3 million tons.
Date Published: January 18, 2019