Alaska road conditions soon will be a phone call away

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Travelers looking for information on Alaska road conditions will soon be able to take advantage of the state's new 511 call system, which the state's Department of Transportation plans to have on line by Oct. 15, according to Jeff Ottesen, state planning chief with the department's Division of Statewide Planning.

Current information on weather-related road conditions, congestion levels, traffic incidents and construction will be available via land line or wireless phone by dialing 511, or visiting a companion Web site. The first state to introduce a 511 service was Minnesota, whose program was successfully piloted in December and is located on the Web at www.511mn.org.

Other state 511 services expected to come on line this fall are Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Kentucky, New Mexico and Iowa.

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