Those who've been stuck on the road in the middle of a slow-moving commute probably have wished they could give the highway a piece of their mind.

Thanks to the Twitter phenomenon, now the reverse it true: Roadways are updating the public in real time.

Some state and local transportation departments are launching Twitter accounts not just for the main agency, but also for individual roads and construction projects. While some might argue this is overkill, the agencies see this granular approach to Twitter as a no-lose proposition: It's another way to disseminate traffic updates on a free and popular platform.

But some auto safety experts wonder if they're sending a mixed message about distracted driving.

On Tuesday, the Utah Department of Transportation launched a Twitter account @SR92UDOT for State Route 92, which is being widened beginning this month. Scott Thompson, spokesman for the transportation department's third region, said it's not something the department will necessarily do for every road construction project.


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Matt Williams  |  Associate Editor