The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's 511 travel information system just got a face lift. Now, in addition to timely and accurate roadway information, travelers can view real-time traffic cams, obtain weather information or even subscribe to an RSS feed to receive travel alerts via e-mail or text messaging. It's all part of KYTC's continuing effort to keep travelers safe, aware and cutting edge, according to KYCT's Chuck Wolfe.
Travelers can log on to the 511 system at www.511.ky.gov. An interactive map is provided with information related to construction, incidents or accidents, traffic alerts and roadway conditions. Weather information also is available through the weather radar or, for a closer look, local Weather Bug cams. Visitors can choose different versions, including a map view, satellite, terrain or hybrid view.
Visitors can link to traffic information services in urban and surrounding states, view tourism information, find rest areas and weigh stations, learn important driving tips, link to the Kentucky State Police or Vehicle Enforcement Web sites, or even report a pothole.
KYTC's 511 telephone service also has been updated. The new system uses text-to-speech technology, which allows the user to either speak to maneuver through the system or use the phone keypad.
Additional available options include traffic information by region, and the ability to summon roadside assistance from the KYTC SAFE patrol. SAFE (Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies) is a free service for stranded motorists. Another menu option allows the user to provide comments and suggestions for the 511 system.
"Our 511 system has proven to serve our travelers well over the years," Secretary of Transportation Joe Prather said. "All of our services, whether it's construction, maintenance, SAFE patrol, licensing or 511, are all conducted with one goal in mind -- to help keep our motorists safe."
Wolfe said Kentucky's 511 system was implemented in late 2002, and has through the years been updated as technology and interest in the system evolved.