CDOT hopes to soar above Denver roads in a blimp to monitor traffic

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DENVER -- One look at the Colorado Department of Transportation's latest traffic observation idea, you might say it is full of hot air. Well, you'd be wrong. It's actually full of helium.

It's called the Tactically Expedient Aerostat and it was created by Charlie Lambert, president of Colorado Springs' SkySentry.

"It's proposed mission is to use that camera to look over more expansive distances than they could with just cameras on a pole," he said.

CDOT is intrigued and is giving the Tactically Expedient Aerostat a three-day evaluation.

All systems were a go when a hole was discovered in the would-be traffic eye in the sky.

"There is a hole in the balloon so we're gonna see it fly a little bit later, that's always why we do tests like this." Amy Ford with CDOT said.

So for now, the $50,000 earth defying traffic observation post will remain firmly planted on the ground until repairs are made.

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