- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A new website is supposed to offer drivers real-time information that makes it easier to commute in Cobb County.

The new site - cobbcommute.org - launched earlier this month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports it offers drivers information on congestion, travel speeds and road closures on county roads. In addition, the site offers feeds from roughly 100 intersection cameras. In the future, the system may suggest detour routes around problem spots.

Officials said the site also incorporates information from a larger network run by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“If there’s a road closure because of an accident or a water line break, the information is entered immediately,” County Commissioner Bob Ott said. The website cost $39,000 to develop. “It was inexpensive to develop because we already had all of the information at our Traffic Management Center.”

Ott said information from the county’s traffic system is more reliable than other commercially available applications.

“Telling people how to get from one location to another is the Number 1 thing we’re considering next,” said Lynn Biggs, who works for the county’s transportation department.

The website might eventually tie into other systems, for example, an application run by the Atlanta Braves that provides ballpark information to fans. The Braves are building a new stadium in Cobb County.

“We are working in tandem with Cobb County so that we will be able to inform our fans the best way in, out and around SunTrust Park,” Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall said.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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