The City of Conway and the Arkansas Department of Transportation have joined together to launch a pilot program for residents giving them a tool to check road conditions locally.
Conway is the first city in Arkansas to offer the real-time weather conditions for city streets on statewide site and application IDriveArkansas, which launched Tuesday night.
Department of transportation’s Danny Straessle said the routes Conway has included are primary, grid routes in the community that funnel traffic to state highway systems and include Dave Ward Drive, Salem Road, Oak Street and more.
“We’re really excited about their participation in the pilot program,” he said.
Straessle said this new initiative gives the city the opportunity to help the state department inform the public which is of “extreme value,” and gives residents the ability to make informed decisions based on what they’re given.
Finley Vinson, the director of Conway’s Street and Engineering Department, said the street additions will be a game-changer for the community and hopes they take advantage of the system.
He said he is excited to see how it all pans out, but even more so for the traffic cams that they are working on to live-stream the streets as well.
“I’m a proponent of information,” Vinson said, "Especially details that help people drive safe."
He said the up-to-date information on the site and app will come directly from the city’s crews out on the streets.
“We’re very appreciative of the [Arkansas Department of Transportation],” Vinson said.
The IDriveArkansas app is available for download on both Apple and Android products; additional information can be found on Twitter @myARDOT.
“The site is a great resource for traveler conditions across the state,” Straessle said.