We received this notice in our email this morning which is really valuable information. When you have a need to travel in Florida, remember this number and it may save you alot of headaches especially with hurricane season upon us and the possible need to evacuate.
New Southwest Florida 511 Service Lets Travelers Know Before They Go The new Southwest Florida 511 travel information service provides free, real-time traffic information for 29 roadways in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. Area travelers can access traffic reports for cities or counties in Southwest Florida from the speech-activated menus. Callers can ask for specific roadways before leaving their driveways and avoid potentially congested roads.In addition to hearing roadway information, callers can transfer to Southwest Florida International Airport for arrival and departure times as well as parking, ground transportation and car rental information. Another feature of the service allows callers to transfer to public transit agencies in the area for routes and schedules.When Southwest Florida motorists dial 511, they automatically connect to Florida‘s statewide service. To reach Southwest Florida‘s regional service, they say “Southwest Florida 511.” From there, they can ask for “highways,” “airport,” “public transit” or “other 511 systems.”The Statewide 511 service provides travel information for all interstate highways in Floridaand Florida‘s Turnpike, with the emphasis on roadway conditions, severe weather alerts, construction updates, lane closures or other major incidents. It also connects callers to Florida‘s four other regional 511 services in Northeast Florida, Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Southeast Florida. Travelers can plan ahead and call 511 on their landline or cell phone. Traffic information is available 24 hours a day and it’s free. Standard cell phone minutes and roaming charges may apply. Travelers can also visit http://www.southwestflorida511.com.
When hurricanes and other severe weather threaten Florida. , area residents and visitors can make Southwest Florida‘s new 511 travel information service part of their evacuation plan. They can call this easy-to-remember number or go to www.SouthwestFlorida511.com for regional and statewide travel updates. With 511, callers can learn about traffic conditions on I-75 and 28 other major area roadways. Evacuation updates will include information about toll suspensions if they occur. Floridians should assemble a disaster supply kit before they need it. Kits should include first aid supplies and essential medication, at least three gallons of water per person, a battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.When it’s time to evacuate, people should load emergency supplies into their vehicles and call 511. Real-time traffic reports will help people prepare for travel conditions along their planned evacuation routes and also provide information about conditions on alternate roadways.
The free 511 service is available 24 hours a day by cell phone or landline.
Remember 511, it may save your life.