Colorado’s internet of roads is a go. Soon cars will “talk” to signs and traffic signals

plan to turn a portion of Interstate 70 into a roadway where cars communicate with street lights, signs and other internet-connected things just tripled to more than 500 miles.

Colorado’s “internet of roads” project will now extend to highways that reach from Pueblo to Wyoming, and Sterling to Utah, after the state Department of Transportation was awarded a $20 million federal grant earlier this month.

But this isn’t about internet service for car passengers. The new technology, already being installed on about 130 miles of Colorado roads, is about safety and alerting drivers to oncoming road hazards or other issues. CDOT’s new $67 million project extends the technology to other roads, including Interstates 76, 25 and 270.