Want to avoid I-75, I-24 traffic jams? Gov. Bill Haslam says app on the way

Want to avoid I-75, I-24 traffic jams? Gov. Bill Haslam says app on the way

June 5th, 2012 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

An Apple iPhone 4 on the AT&T network.(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee motorists will have access to real-time traffic information under a smartphone app the state Transportation Department is developing, Gov. Bill Haslam said today.

The governor said officials are developing an application that will let iPhone and Android users easily access traffic and incident report information, which is already online. He said he hopes the free service will be ready by the fall.

"TDOT has a lot of information with their [SmartWay] camera approach, a lot of information on roads and drive times," Haslam said. "Sometimes we post it on the interstate signs."

Officials are "working on developing that and putting it on an app, so you can say, 'I'm going from Church Avenue to Brentwood [in Middle Tennessee],' and they can come back and say that's going to take you 17 minutes," he said.

Haslam's announcement came during the Tennessee Digital Government Summit, an event at which state and local government technology specialists discuss how to make better use of information technology.

The governor also said the state is working to upgrade the drivers' licensing system.