Minnesota launches 511 road information service

| Monday, July 08, 2002

Truckers driving through Minnesota can now access weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion information by dialing 511 or logging on to www.511mn.org for road information. Minnesota is among the first states to introduce several advanced technology programs including 511.

Minnesota was one of six states selected to launch a 511 service after the Federal Communications Commission in July 2000 officially designated 511 as a nationwide number for travel information. Last December, Mn/DOT introduced 511 for wireless phone customers, excluding Verizon Wireless, who has not yet implemented 511 service for their customers. The service, which is free, is now available on landline telephones and the Internet.

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