CDOT forced off air with road, weather info

The Colorado Department of Transportation is looking for a new radio station on which to broadcast road and weather condition information in Grand Junction after it recently was forced off the air.

CDOT had aired updated road conditions and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather forecasts on KGJN 106.7-FM since at least the 1990s. Through its highway-advisory radio system, the state has the ability to use low-power frequencies to broadcast such information for free as long as it hasn’t been purchased or isn’t being used by a broadcast corporation, CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said.

“It provides a public service,” she said.

Sometime last month, however, a broadcast corporation purchased the 106.7 frequency, eliminating CDOT’s broadcasts. It wasn’t immediately clear who purchased the frequency. Federal Communications Commission records still list the state of Colorado as the licensee for 106.7. No music or programming is airing on that frequency.

With the development of other communication tools such as variable message boards and CDOT’s traveler-information website, cotrip.org, the frequency largely was used by NOAA. Still, it came in handy in the case of an emergency event, Shanks said.

She said CDOT is looking for another low-power frequency on which to resume broadcasts but has yet to identify one.


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