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Minnesota upgrades 511 traveler system

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ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s 511 traveler information system has improved its ability to provide up-to-date information on road conditions and construction projects, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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The 511 system, available online at 511mn.org or by phone at 511, has an improved high-bandwidth site and now offers both voice response and touch-tone options to request road-specific information.

Text alerts and emails for customized routes also are available.

The new 511 features include viewing traffic camera images in an album, allowing users to scroll from one camera to the next along their route. Also, when users click on an incident, it will be brought up in an album view with a description and map. Pages are now auto-refreshed when new information arrives.

The free mobile app was launched in July 2013; since then, there have been more than 98,000 downloads of the app.

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