DOT plans to launch 511 system this fall

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia transportation officials are developing an alert system for travelers that will provide statewide information about accidents, construction and other traffic issues.

The Department of Transportation plans to launch the West Virginia 511 system by November. It will offer real-time traffic information on several platforms, including a 511 telephone line, a website and a smartphone application.

Bruce Kenney with the DOT tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the system will allow travelers to check for potential traffic issues before they leave. The smartphone app can provide voice alerts as motorists travel through specific areas.

Kenney says the department plans to recoup the system’s annual costs of $250,000 to $300,000 through a billboard and website sponsorship program.

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