Florida 511 could save you time and frustration

Know before you go is an appropriate term when you consider maneuvering traffic in areas where congestion or other events could delay or alter your normal route.

One key event around Jacksonville this week and weekend is THE PLAYERS Championship.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages travelers heading to THE PLAYERS Championship on May 10-15 to use its 51l Traveler Information System before hitting the road.

The 511 system allows travelers to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more on all of Florida’s interstates, including I-95, I-75 and I-10, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways.

Motorists should expect additional traffic in the Jacksonville area this week as more than 150,000 fans are expected to make their way to Ponte Vedra Beach to attend the golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass. Drivers should be prepared for increased congestion on I-95, I-295 and surrounding roadways.

FDOT’s 511 Traveler Information System provides five convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:

  • Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
  • Visit com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
  • Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
  • Sign up for a “My Florida 511” account at com to create custom routes and register for email, text or phone alerts.
  • Follow one of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.

 

Alternate Route to THE PLAYERS

Due to heavy traffic congestion on A1A Southbound, THE PLAYERS recommends all patrons along the I-95 corridor and I-295 beltway take I-95 to exit 329, C.R. 210 east toward U.S. 1, turn left onto U.S. 1 then merge right onto Nocatee Parkway and continue onto Palm Valley Road to the tournament at TPC Sawgrass.

Traffic Updates on Twitter

For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the Florida 511 Twitter feeds:

Safety Tips

  • Call 511 before driving or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving.
  • Receive customized alerts for your specific route by visiting My Florida 511.
  • Always wear a safety belt.
  • Don’t drink and drive

Florida 511 Features

  • Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.
  • Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction.
  • Public transit, airport and seaport information.
  • AMBER, Silver and LEO Alerts (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the most serious child-abduction cases. Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.)
  • FL511.com provides travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and e-mail, text and phone call alerts.
  • Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
  • The 511 phone call and FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish.

Don’ t forget to also use 511 during your normal commutes and travels when not attending special events. 

 

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