You can avoid being snagged by traffic in Virginia with the new, enhanced 511 system.
As the long Memorial Day holiday weekend approaches, many travelers will now be able to take advantage of a new and improved 511 Traffic Information System in Virginia. The state has tweaked its program so it's more user-friendly and compatible with many mobile devices.
The free Traveler Information Telephone Number, 511, allows motorists to access instant, updated information on road conditions, weather, traffic, construction delays, and detours. 511 on the web provides trip-planning tools, live congestion maps, public transportation information, and more. Governor's spokesperson Taylor Thornley says the new system helps users avoid distracted driving by giving them more accessibility before they hit the road.
"You can see real time traffic cameras, travel times, electronic message signs and traffic maps on your phone," says Thornley. "It also features a new telephone system with better voice recognition and a better map and video system so you can see quickly and timely what's going on on Virginia's roads."
The website also features sharper images from the traffic cameras installed alongside the roads. The Governor is also touting this new system because the 511 signs now integrate sponsorships that will help pay for the services and enhancements provided by VDOT.