Storm Preparation – Shared Responsibilities

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Two, Northeast Florida, reminds travelers to use extra caution during inclement weather. We actively monitor the state roadways and Interstate for potential concerns and we encourage the traveling public to partner with us to ensure everyone arrives safely to their intended destinations.

Our Regional Transportation Management Center in Jacksonville monitors regional traffic impacts and coordinates with respective emergency agencies around-the-clock.

Contractors for our construction projects work to minimize impact before and during storms and limit any traffic obstructions where possible.

Motorists should be aware that traffic pattern changes in major construction projects may not have the completed storm drainage system in place during construction.

FDOT will make effort to minimize possible impacts to the roadway. Motorists need to be aware of the potential for standing water and adjust speeds and driving habits accordingly.

Here are some important tips to consider.

Check Florida 511 For emergency travel information. Florida 511 provides real-time road conditions during severe weather.

Florida Department of Transportation reminds travelers in Florida to prepare for severe weather by adding Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System to their emergency plans.

Florida’s 511 system provides information on traffic conditions, including road closures, emergency alerts, evacuation routes, toll suspensions and more before, during and after severe weather.

From planning an evacuation route to receiving real-time traffic alerts, Florida 511 is the number one source for drivers during a severe weather emergency.

“If you are in your car and you know severe weather is imminent, the first thing I would recommend is FL511,” said Trooper Steven Montiero of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Check to see if the major roadways are clear, if there are major traffic incidents on the roadway and prepare for any disaster that might take place.”

There are five convenient ways for all motorists to receive traffic updates:
• Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play or Apple App Store.
• Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
• Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
• Sign up for a “My Florida 511” account at FL511.com to create custom routes and register for email, text or phone alerts.
• Follow one of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511).

In addition, FL511.com provides links to county emergency resources, weather reports and advisories. The “Emergency Info” tab on FL511.com also may provide additional information on major road closures and alternate routes. Through FL511.com, individuals can make safety plans ahead of time by creating custom evacuation routes for themselves or a group.

By making a My Florida 511 account, users can create multiple evacuation routes throughout the state and sign up for time and route-specific text message, email or phone call alerts.

FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving.

 

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Florida’s 511 Features
• Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.
• 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.)
• Travel information and traffic camera views
• Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.

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