Pennsylvania’s 511PA traveler information system is now providing motorists with better access to traffic information with a new and improved website, www.511PA.com, as well as improved phone and personal-alert systems.
The redesigned website, which works on computers and mobile devices, provides free, 24-hour travel information for thousands of miles of state roads including the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Incident and construction information is available for all 40,000 miles of the road system maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, plus the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The original 511PA system offered information for the 2,900 miles that make up the “core system” of interstates and select U.S. routes.
Information on current traffic conditions has improved with real-time traffic-speed data now available for 15,000 roadway miles, expanded from 659.
The site also now offers access to 30 traffic cameras from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, in addition to the 650 already available across the state.
The phone information system is now easier to use, provides information more quickly and includes better voice recognition technology. The phone system is accessible by dialing 511 from within Pennsylvania. Users who call from outside the state should call 1-877-511-PENN (7366).
Motorists also can sign up to receive personal travel alerts through email and text messages. The alerts can be customized by roadway, time of day and days of the week. Alerts are also available through Twitter feeds assigned to each 511PA region, as well as a statewide feed.