ROCK SPRINGS — New communication technology could help make Interstate 80 safe for travelers.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation will install onboard communication devices on 100 of the department’s vehicles, including snowplows and Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicles. About 75 roadside units on and around I-80 will be part of the second phase of the connected-vehicle project.

During the third phase, which will take place in the spring and summer, WyDOT will equip about 300 commercial trucks.

“This technology will give us the ability to alert motorists of difficult situations before they encounter them,” WyDOT Director Bill Panos said. “We are testing cutting-edge technology that will assist in keeping the traveling public safe. WyDOT is committed to providing a safe, high-quality and efficient transportation system, and this technology further helps us accomplish that.”

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