Sen. Blumenthal, state leaders call on navigation apps to update services

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CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — On Monday, Senator Richard Blumenthal called on transportation apps, like Waze and Google Maps, to upgrade their service because he said the companies are routing drivers onto restricted roadways without warning.

He also said the errors are causing infrastructure damage, massive backups, and even deadly crashes.

CT State Police told News 8 it’s a constant issue on Route 15, adding that trucks can partially take out bridges because they’re too tall for the eight-foot height limit.

One bridge on the Merrit Parkway has been hit nearly 150 times over the decade, officials say.

“There’s no cheating,” Blumenthal said in a news conference. “There’s no evading those overpasses.”

He, along with state police and CT Department of Transportation, asked the companies to add a feature that would account for the weight, height, and width of a user’s vehicle before planning and proving a route.

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