One Stop Shop (OSS) Update - March 3rd, 2010


UPDATE: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Today has been a good day to use the One-Stop-Shop. The weather in Northern California and Southern Oregon is interesting, to say the least. Spring is on the way, but Winter isn't over yet. Take a look at the following screenshots:

Here's the OSS home page. The DOT Field Elements are shown by default. These include cameras, signs, weather stations, incidents, chain requirements and construction. You'll always see a lot of elements on these pages because Caltrans and ODOT have deployed a signficant number of intelligent transportation systems to help travelers to travel safely:

OSS Screenshot: DOT Field Elements give pertinent roadway information to travelers.

I zoomed in on an active message in the next screenshot. You'll see the message, "Chains Required 25 Miles Ahead" displayed as you would see it when driving by the real sign on north-bound Interstate 5 at Yreka:

OSS Screenshot (3/3/2010): Clicking on a CMS icon brings up the information for that sign. This one shows 'Chains Required 25 Miles Ahead'.

Clicking on the chain control icon at the border gives further information:

OSS Screenshot (3/3/2010): Clicking a 'Chain Control' icon brings up road information and any advisories for roadway conditions in that area.

Cameras are probably the most popular type of field element. This image from Hilt Sandhouse on the California side of Siskiyou Pass shows that winter had a grip on the area today:

OSS Screenshot (3/3/2010): Clicking the CCTV camera icon brings up a regularly updated image from the area. This one shows snow on the California side of Siskiyou Pass.

Here's one from the Oregon side. If you have ever driven over the Pass on days like today, you'll recognize the conditions. And, you'll recognize how quickly conditions can change:

OSS Screenshot (3/3/2010): CCTV image from the Oregon side of Siskiyou Pass shows adverse conditions.

The camera at North Hilt shows more of the same:

OSS Screenshot (3/3/2010): CCTV image of Siskiyou pass north of Hilt, CA shows snow and wet roads.

OSS includes a feature called the "Trip Planner". We use Google Maps routing to generate a route and then display weather forecast data along the route and along an elevation profile of the route. This morning, conditions were forecast to change from rain to snow between Redding and the Pass.

OSS Screenshot: Using Google Maps routing the user can generate a route and get pertinent weather and elevation change information for their trip.

You can toggle between forecast layers and view the details on both the map and the elevation profile. Here, forecast snow amount (inches) is displayed:

OSS Screenshot: Different layers can be viewed both on the routing map and on the elevation profile.

Precipitation can be shown in the same way. This forecast covers six hours, so the forecast precipitation could be heavy along the route over this period:

OSS Screenshot: A precipitation layer is provided for the trip planner and covers a 6 hour forecast.

One of our favorite displays is wind. The forecast wind patterns in the mountains can be quite interesting. Fortunately for travelers today, winds are forecast to be low:

OSS Screenshot: A wind forecast layer is provided for the trip planner.

It might be a bit hard to see on this image, but you can track your route by moving the cursor along the elevation profile in OSS. Here, we found a spot where the forecast changes from rain to snow. It corresponds to a location that when traveling north, leads you up to a summit near Mt. Shasta. Since this is a forecast, and forecasts aren't always perfect, we advise travelers to use good judgment when planning a trip and especially when on a trip:

OSS Screenshot (3/3/2010): Users can move their mouse along the route to get information about the area (distance from start, elevation, latitiude and longitude). This image shows a route near Mt. Shasta.