Check 511 by web, phone for current road conditions

Journal Pioneer Staff
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CHARLOTTETOWN – With the second winter storm in a week arriving in P.E.I., Islanders are urged to check the 511 website and phone-based system for road condition updates.

RCMP are warning drivers to take caution on roads. Conditions are less than favourable.

Since Sunday’s storm, the website has received more than 7,600 visits and the phone line received more than 300 phone calls. These were inquiries that would previously been handled individually by Highway Safety staff.

Launched in January, 511 is available free in the Island simply by dialing 5-1-1 from a touch-tone phone — similar to calling 8-1-1 for health advice or 9-1-1 for emergencies. The telephone system responds to voice or touch-tone keypad commands.

Computer or mobile device users can visit www.511.gov.pe.ca.

Web users can use an interactive map of the province that they can modify to display information like weather and the province’s six webcams at Elmsdale, Albany, Blue Shank Road, St. Peter’s, Bonshaw, and Poole’s Corner.

The state-of-the-art system is used in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and links are included to their systems, as well as updates from Confederation Bridge.

For more information on winter road maintenance or to report a road problem such as a downed road sign or traffic light outage, visit www.gov.pe.ca/tir (click on “Winter Highway Maintenance” or “Report a Problem”).

Geographic location: Iceland, Elmsdale, Albany Blue Shank Road Bonshaw New Brunswick Nova Scotia

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