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Be Prepared for hurricane season with FDOT's 511

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages Florida residents to prepare for the 2014 hurricane season by adding its toll-free 511

Traveler Information System to emergency plans. The Florida 511 system provides updates on major bridge and road closures, toll suspensions and evacuation routes before, during and after hurricanes and other severe weather.  

"We encourage everyone to avoid driving during a hurricane unless absolutely necessary," said Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.

"But if your area is being evacuated or you need to drive due to an emergency, we advise drivers to check 511 before leaving home."  

There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:     
 · Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.  · Visit http://www.fl511.com/ for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.

· Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.LogicTree.app.Florida511 and https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/florida-511/id437092418?mt=8.

· Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on http://fl511.com/twitter.aspx.

The 511 system provides up-to-the-minute coverage on all of Florida's interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways. In times of emergencies, the system also is updated with alerts on roadways not typically covered. 

FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before hitting the road, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving. 

Traffic Updates on Twitter For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the Florida 511 Twitter feeds: · http://www.twitter.com/fl511_state
Be Prepared for hurricane season with FDOT's 511

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