• MDOT service gives up-to-date traffic information

    JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says its launched its new voice recognition travel information service for residents and travelers across the state.

    MDOT says, by dialing 511, drivers now have access to free, 24-hour information on weather-related road conditions, construction sites, travel times and other traffic information for all Interstates, and select US highways and State Routes.

    “Mississippi 511 offers travelers easy access to information valuable for both pre-trip planning and en route decision making,” said Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert.

    The system uses an interactive voice response system with speech recognition as its primary interface with callers, allowing for hands free operation.

    Through Mississippi 511’s “My Commute,” feature, travelers can also receive personalized travel information for predefined routes. Callers can set up their “My Commute” route by creating a user account at MDOTtraffic.com and defining their route.

    Officials says the system will also be used by as a resource to travelers during evacuations and other emergencies.

    Currently, Mississippi 511 is not available to Verizon customers.

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