CHARLESTON - The state of West Virginia on Wednesday announced the new West Virginia 511, a new free 511 traveler information system for real-time traffic information.
The system will provided information about congestion, crashes, construction, lane closures, road conditions and severe weather on all interstates and major highways in West Virginia.
The announcement was made by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox.
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and State Transportation Secretary Mattox unveil the new 511 Traveler Information System highway sign. Travelers can call 511 in West Virginia for real-time traffic information.
Motorists can receive traffic updates around the clock by calling 511 toll-free, visiting WV511.org, downloading the free WV 511 Drive Safe mobile app for Android and iPhone or following WV 511 on Twitter.
By dialing 511 from any landline or mobile phone, callers will receive traffic information, road conditions and weather forecasts in addition to transfers to the Department of Tourism and neighboring states' 511 systems. West Virginia 511 also is updated with public safety alerts, including AMBER and Silver alerts.
The WV511.org website provides an interactive map with the locations of traffic incidents, roadway construction and weather advisories. The map also allows users to view traffic cameras from around the state in addition to showing the location of electronic roadway signs and their current messages.
The free WV 511 Drive Safe mobile app offers drivers audible, hands-free traffic alerts. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices and uses the phone's speaker and GPS location to provide audible travel advisories in the driver's vicinity.
For traffic updates by Twitter, the Transportation Department encourages travelers to follow WV 511 Twitter feeds for statewide, regional and roadway specific traffic updates at WV511, WV511Metro, WV511North, WV511Central, WV511East, WV511South, WVinterstate64, WVinterstate68, WVinterstate70, WVinterstate77, WVinterstate79 and WVinterstate81.