The 511 service debuted in 2006, and by July had received a total of 3,001,340 calls. In March alone, the system received more than 150,000 calls for road information. The corresponding www.nvroads.com website is also widely used, with about 51,000 web visits in April.
Motorists can dial 5-1-1 toll-free, 24 hours a day for automated Nevada state road conditions, construction closures, weather information, chain controls and scheduled event road closures. Enhanced, hands-free voice recognition allows voice commands without pushing number selections. Out-of-state callers can dial 877-NV-ROADS to receive the same information. The road listings also are available online at www.nvroads.com. On the site, drivers can sign up for automatic, free e-mail or text message road alerts for their state road of choice.
“511 is an invaluable tool for the most up-to-date state road conditions, and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to serve three million calls,” NDOT Director Susan Martinovich said in a press relese. “With the summer construction season continuing, the service is ready to provide important road information to even more drivers.”
Development of the system was funded by NDOT’s roadside logo sign program at no taxpayer expense.