Dial “511″ to Avoid Delays

CARSON CITY – Dial 911 for emergencies. Dial 411 for general information. And dial 511 for free road condition reports.

Since its launch, the Nevada Department of Transportation’s 511 Nevada Travel Info system has served more than three million calls for travel information.

Motorists can dial “511” toll-free, 24 hours a day for automated Nevada state road conditions, construction closures, weather information, chain controls and scheduled event road closures. Enhanced, hands-free voice recognition allows voice commands without pushing number selections.

The 511 service debuted in 2006, and by July 2011 had received a cumulative total of 3,001,340 calls. In March 2011 alone, the system received more than 150,000 calls for road information.

The corresponding www.nvroads.com website is also widely used, with approximately 51,000 web visits in April 2011 alone. On the site, drivers can sign up for automatic, free e-mail or text message road alerts for their state road of choice.

Out-of-state callers can dial 1-877-NV-ROADS to receive the same information.

“511 is an invaluable tool for the most up-to-date state road conditions, and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to serve three million calls,” NDOT Director Susan Martinovich explained. “With the summer construction season continuing, the service is ready to provide important road information to even more drivers.”

Development of the system was funded by NDOT’s roadside logo sign program at no taxpayer expense.