Checking Road Conditions on Your Phone

By: From 13 News/ the Turnpike Authority
By: From 13 News/ the Turnpike Authority

TOPEKA -- Kansas travelers can access road conditions, look over maps and check camera shots easily from their cell phones, thanks to a new mobile site launched by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The announcement of this and other improvements was made last November at an event held along with the National Weather Service, on Winter Weather Awareness Day.

The enhanced 511 mobile site is available at http://511mm.ksdot.org.

The free mobile site provides you with maps, camera shots and electronic message sign views, road condtions, work zone and event information and links you to weather. All the content is provided by six regions across the state as well as three metro areas (Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita.)

The site is accessible from several devices, including iPhones, Droids and Windows mobile devices, Version 6.0 and higher. Any devices not compatible with the new application will be able to access text information only for road conditions and work zones.

The voice recognition technology has been upgraded on the 511 phone system to improve its user accuracy. From any phone at any time, travelers may call 511 from anywhere in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) from anywhere in the nation to get route-specific road conditions, work zone information including detours and closed roads, along with travel-related weather information to plan your trips, or for updates as you travel.

Enhanced camera views were also added to KanDrive,
(at www.kandrive.org) the KDOT's traveler information gateway for Kansas and surrounding states. Camera snapshots of the roadway are updated every few minutes from closed-circuit cameras which were installed along I-70 and other highways in the other parts of the state.

Turnpike information can be found on the 511 system, including the new mobile site.


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