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W.Va. 511 travel info system debuting this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state's new 511 travel information system is debuting this week.

Transportation officials will announce the launch of the system on Wednesday morning at the state Capitol's Upper Rotunda in Charleston.

The Public Service Commission approved the 511 system in October. It will provide information about accidents, road construction, severe weather information and other events that affect traffic across the state.

Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker says the information will give travelers better choices and decisions.

The Federal Communications Commission set aside the three-digit 511 code in 2000 to allow states to develop telephone systems that provide free travel information.

 


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