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511 Receives 3 Millionth Call


Tennesseans and travelers turn to 511 travel information line for up to date roadway information

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – More than three million people have turned to Tennessee 511 for travel information since the program launch in August 2006. On Friday, October 9th, 2010 at 4:22pm central time the 3,000,000th caller dialed 511 for information about Tennessee’s roadways and weather.

Drivers in Tennessee have been using Tennessee 511 in increasing numbers since TDOT debuted the system in 2006. In addition to real-time traffic information on Tennessee’s interstate and state highways, weather conditions, Amber Alerts, TDOT’s Record-A-Comment phone line and the 511 systems in neighboring states, such as Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. In March of this year, TDOT launched a new enhanced 511 service which now also provides information on rest areas, public transportation, airports and tourism.

Motorists may dial 511 from any cell phone or land line phone. TDOT also has a Tennessee 511 website at where travelers may access this information before leaving home. For statewide information people can also follow

As always, motorists are encouraged to Know Before You Go! and check traffic conditions before you leave the house. When travelers encounter traffic delays on the roadway they should always practice common sense safety precautions when using any of these services and avoid texting, tweeting or operating a cell phone when driving.




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