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
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.