69-WFMZ-TV's investment in new on-air traffic technology came just in time for motorists trying to navigate their way around roads closed by a police manhunt in Berks County on Thursday.
The recent upgrades include a series of interactive maps that show real-time travel speeds and times on major roads around the region.
In the case of Thursday's search for a wanted man in southern Berks County, a stretch of Interstate 176 in Caernarvon and Robeson townships was closed because of the massive police presence.
That closure was indicated on the map in purple, while Route 10 -- the alternate method of travel for many motorists between Reading and the Pennsylvania Turnpike -- was highlighted in red because of the heavy traffic volume.
"Now this is also affecting [Route] 23, which has actually eased up a little bit on 23 there past Elverson, getting into Chester County," said Rick Edwards, as he reported the current traffic conditions on Thursday's 5:30 p.m. Berks Edition newscast.
Live PennDOT cameras also showed the congestion at the Morgantown interchange of the Pennsylvania interchange, where Interstate 176 begins its northerly route to the West Shore Bypass in Cumru Township.
At one point earlier in the day, turnpike traffic attempting to get off at Morgantown was backed up onto the highway because of the manhunt and the resulting road closures.
WFMZ's new traffic technology can also display the estimated time and speed of travel between Reading and other points around the region, including Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster and Pottsville.
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