Finding out about conditions on the highway is now just a phone call away.
Transport minister Ric McIver launched the new 511 road reports service in Calgary today.
He says it’ll also come with a website where traffic cameras are updated every 20 minutes.
“We get wind, snow, rainstorms, every once in a while a tornado,” he said. “It’s Alberta, that’s why having updated and current information for people who travel here is a benefit that we think they’ll appreciate.”
It’ll replace the current AMA Road Reports system.
McIver says drivers can get a wealth of info.
“You can find out the temperature of the pavement, you can look at a picture of what the traffic is,” he said. “The more information we can give Albertans, we think the better chance that the responsible ones will have of getting from point A to point B.”
It’ll cost taxpayers about 400 thousand dollars per year.
The website is here.
February 4, 2013