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Travelers, Dial 511

5-1-1 may help you get home faster on Route 422 next summer.

5-1-1 may help you get home faster on Route 422 next summer.

SANATOGA PA – As the roads fill with travelers returning from Thanksgiving this weekend, Sanatoga drivers may wish the state Department of Transportation‘s proposed 5-1-1 service was already in place.

The free service, which allows drivers to dial 5-1-1 on their cell phones for information about travel delays, road and weather conditions, and regional tourism, will start next summer, PennDOT announced Wednesday (Nov. 26, 2008). Similar services will be available on the web. Users also will be able to register for proactive travel alerts via e-mail and text messaging.

“Reliable traveler information is crucial to help motorists avoid travel delays and increase their overall mobility,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen Biehler.

The 511 system will also provide transit and air travel information in metropolitan areas around the state. PennDOT plans to expand services in the future.

The Federal Communications Commission designated 511 as the nationwide three-digit telephone number for traveler information. Thirty-three states have 511 services.

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