Free Virginia 511 Tools
New Smartphone App For iPhone and Droid
The Virginia 511 system is your key to knowing what is on the road before you go.
There are three free tools to give you the latest traffic information from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT): the 511 telephone system, the 511 Virginia website and the 511 Virginia smartphone app.
The 511 telephone service is an interactive, voice-activated traffic information system you can access by calling 511 from your landline or cell phone.
To be safe, do not use a hand-held cell phone while driving. Instead, use a hands-free accessory so you can keep both hands on the wheel.
Or better yet, call when you are stopped at one of VDOT’s safety rest areas.
The site, at 511Virginia.org, is powered by a map is supplied by Google, with 511 information placed in layers on top of it.
Simply use the map as you would any Google map and click on the icons for more information.
You may also register for a username and password to personalize the site. Note: If you had previously registered on the older version of 511Virgnia.org, you must recreate your account.
511 Smartphone Application
VDOT is introducing a 511 smartphone application to meet the growing trend of information on mobile devices.
The application works on phones and tablets that operate on the iPhone and Android platforms, the two most popular smartphone types.
These applications will tell you what incidents and construction will be on your predetermined route. You can also see traffic cameras on the apps.
Do not use these apps while you are driving. Distracted driving while using cell phones is a major cause of crashes.