GRAFTON – With the extreme weather conditions that the region has experienced throughout 2012, there is no better time than the present for the West Virginia Department of Transportation to introduce it’s 511 Know Before You Go website.
The site can be found by typing www.wv511.org in your web browser. As the page opens, and the map is loaded, visitors will see West Virginia and its surrounding states.
This page enables visitors to view traffic, work zones, road conditions, incidents, roadway messaging boards, traffic cameras, and weather alerts.
As one uses the tools in the upper left corner of the map to enlarge the map, road conditions for most major highways become clearer.
By clicking on the square to the far left of the “Road Conditions” tab in the legend, a list of the colors used, with their corresponding description, will appear.
Just as in this past weekend, the road conditions feature should come in handy for those traveling for New Year’s celebrations.
Weather alerts are displayed on the map, as announced by the National Weather Service. These weather alerts will help travelers know where storms are currently located, which possibly could result in immediate roadway condition changes.
The map also includes an “Incidents” feature that can be used to warn travelers of accidents and other issues, which may result in traffic delays.
Although more prominent in the more southern portion of the state, the map has the option of allowing viewers the opportunity to click on roadway cameras located at various high traffic intersections. These live traffic cams allow for viewers to check traffic and weather conditions for themselves.
In addition to the website, the state has also released two mobile phone apps for cell phone users that will provide audible, hands-free, traffic alerts. The WV 511 Drive Safe app is free, and available to both iPhone and Android users.
For the complete article see the 12-31-2012 issue.
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