Sep 25, 2008

Local Traffic & Road Conditions Improvements

Every day our Traffic feature helps tens of thousands of MapQuest users throughout the US to view up-to-the-minute conditions and plan their routes. We recently added some enhancements:

1) New Markets – Local traffic coverage in over a dozen new cities:

  • Augusta, GA
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Jackson, MS
  • Lansing, MI
  • Lexington, KY
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Omaha, NE
  • Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Toledo, OH
  • Tulsa, OK
Traffic Map in Little Rock, AR

Our coverage of over 100 metro areas now extends to more mid-size towns – including many that some competitors just don’t cover. And, we’ll be adding more soon!

2) Closed Roads – We now show you when roads have been marked as Closed by our traffic provider. This designation is typically used for long-term construction-related closures along major highways, for example the “New I-65″ Project in St. Louis (shown) and for emergency situations that extend for a few days, like the recent flooding along Interstate 80/94 in Chicago:

New! Road Closure on the Traffic feature

So remember:

Green = Smooth Sailing
Yellow = Starting to Slow
Red = Stop ‘n Go
Black = Use another route!

If you haven’t tried out our Road Conditions & Traffic feature, you can find it on the new Homepage, our new MapQuest Local site, our mobile website, and the new MapQuest 4 Mobile downloadable application. So start using MapQuest to check traffic before heading out on the road!