The UDOT Citizen Reporting Program enlists volunteers to report on current road
conditions along specific roadway segments across Utah. The volunteers can be UDOT
employees, law enforcement, truck drivers, plow drivers, experienced commuters,
or other volunteers. The long term goal of adding Citizen Reporters to UDOT’s weather
operations road reporting is to supplement current condition reporting on segments
where drivers are already traveling.
Current and forecast weather conditions are a critical part of traveler information
in Utah. Utah has many high mountain passes and rural routes that frequently experience
hazardous winter weather, and accurate road condition information for these routes
is vital for traveler safety and route planning. Citizen Reporters will help to
enhance UDOT’s coverage of road weather reporting by providing data on road segments
throughout the state of Utah. UDOT has a network of Road Weather Information Stations
(RWIS), traffic cameras and Traveler Information Meteorologists that help to create
a road conditions report. UDOT also utilizes reports from snow plow crews. See the
diagram below for additional information:
How does UDOT compile all of the incoming data and determine the appropriate road/weather conditions?
UDOT has a sophisticated network of Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) deployed
throughout the state. These RWIS units collect road and weather data and transmit the
data back to the UDOT Traffic Operations Center (TOC). Meteorologists at the TOC use
this information to verify the conditions seen on atmospheric models. UDOT also receives
valuable road/weather information from its plow drivers, and with the launch of the
Citizen Reporter Program, trained volunteer reporters.
All of the incoming data is compiled with carefully crafted logic to determine the condition
of the road surface. Reports from plow drivers, law enforcement and other experienced reporters
may be utilized in a different way than volunteer citizen data, however all data is immensely
valuable and helpful in determining the condition of the road surface.
How do I become a UDOT Citizen Reporter?
In order to become a UDOT Citizen Reporter, you will need to complete a brief training
(either online or in person), take a short quiz and complete a sign-up form. The
training takes approximately 30 minutes. Once a volunteer has completed these steps,
they will be provided with a login and PIN, and can begin submitting reports. Reports
are submitted through the UDOT Citizen Reporting app, downloadable for Android and
Apple devices from the iStore or Android Market.
If you would like to become a Citizen Reporter, please follow this link to take
the online training: Citizen Reporting Training. For more information or to schedule an in person
training, contact UDOT Citizen Reporting program at firstname.lastname@example.org