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March 2017
 
In this Issue
Florida 511 Helps Spring Breakers and Residents Share the Roads |
Get Your Motor Running and Head Out on the Highway to
Daytona Bike Week with Florida 511
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Alley Oop March Madness Traffic in Orlando with Florida 511 |
Florida is Golf Central in March |
Thank you, Florida 511! | Florida Events in March | 511 Photo of the Month
 
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Florida 511 Helps Spring Breakers and
Residents Share the Roads

Tens of thousands of students are hitting the road to a spring break destination in Florida this month. The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida 511 Traveler Information System can help spring breakers stay safe and avoid delays.

Florida residents hoping to navigate among the month-long waves of spring breakers, vacationing families and spring training baseball fans should also check the user-friendly Florida 511 website to find your best route.

Before leaving campus or your home, check the free Florida 511 mobile app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play. It features an interactive map showing traffic speeds and incidents on roadways around your location. You can also register for a My Florida 511 personalized services account and create custom door-to-door routes to favorite destinations. Each route includes travel time estimates, traffic incident information and the ability to schedule email and text alerts.

Remember, you can also view traffic cameras on the website or the mobile app to see current driving conditions . Whether you’re driving on Interstate 95 (I-95), I-75, I-10, I-4, Florida’s Turnpike or one of many other major roadways, Florida 511 can provide real-time information when you head to the beach, theme parks, ballparks, home, school or work.

Florida 511 users can also call 511 toll-free for updates, and follow one or more of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511).

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Get Your Motor Running and Head Out on the
Highway to Daytona Bike Week with Florida 511
Daytona Bike Week

Part of the fun of Daytona Bike Week is riding into and around town in the sunshine and fresh air. With 500,000 bikers cruising ’round Volusia County, all travelers may find Florida 511’s trip-planning tools essential during the event that runs from Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 19.

Ease your stress while getting to one of the world’s largest motorcycle events by checking the interactive roadmap on FL511.com to see traffic speeds along with congestion, crashes, construction, closures, message signs, weather and more. You can even check out the cameras on I-95 and US 1 before heading out on The Loop, if the scenic route is more your style.

Register on the website for a free My Florida 511 personalized services account and create door-to-door routes to local attractions and featured events. Once your route is saved, you can schedule custom alerts to be notified about road conditions before your ride. You can also choose an alternate route if congestion or an incident changes your plans.

While taking a break or fueling up, you can download the free Florida 511 mobile app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store, to receive the same great information the website provides.

You can also receive real-time traffic information from the Florida 511 system before your trip by dialing 511 toll-free or following one or more of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), including @FL_511_I4, @FL511_I95 and @FL511_CENTRAL.

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Alley Oop March Madness Traffic in
Orlando with Florida 511
NCAA Orlando first second rounds 2017

College hoops fans hoping to avoid traffic on your way to the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament this month at the Amway Center can use FDOT’s Florida 511 Traveler Information System to arrive safely and on time.

First- and second-round games on Thursday, March 16 and Saturday, March 18, will draw fans from eight universities to Orlando for the March Madness event.

To avoid congestion and experience fewer delays, check the interactive road map and construction alerts on FL511.com for real-time traffic information and incident alerts in English or Spanish before you leave. You can also view roadway cameras along your route showing current driving conditions.

Download the free Florida 511 mobile app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play, which features an interactive map showing traffic speeds and incidents on roadways around the arena. You can also use the app to select alternate routes.

Register on the website or mobile app for a My Florida 511 personalized services account to create a custom door-to-door route to the Amway Center and other favorite destinations. Each route includes travel time estimates, traffic incident information, and the ability to schedule email and text alerts.

Additional ways you can receive traffic information from the Florida 511 system include calling 511 toll-free from any phone in the state; and following one or more of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), such as @FL511_CENTRAL, @FL_511_I4 and FL511_TURNPIKE.

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Florida is Golf Central in March
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The PGA Tour is in full swing with the Sunshine State hosting two big tournaments in March. Florida golf spectators have the opportunity to check out The Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in back-to-back weeks this month.

The first round of the Valspar Championship kicked off Thursday, March 9, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational starts exactly one week later. Whether fans plan to travel 30 miles or 300 to witness the biggest names in golf, using the Florida 511 Traveler Information System should be part of your travel plans.

From highway to fairway, Florida 511 informs motorists about crashes, construction, congestion, closures, travel times and more. Florida 511 is the state’s official source for traffic and travel information. Download the free Florida 511 mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, visit FL511.com or call 511 toll-free from any phone in the state.

Motorists heading to the Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Golf Club in Palm Harbor can also find Florida 511 traffic updates via Twitter for Tampa Bay, I-75 and I-4. Those driving to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando can find Twitter updates for Central Florida, I-4 and Florida’s Turnpike.

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Thank you, Florida 511!
See what some Florida 511 users have to say about us:

     
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  "Florida 511 is a great app for traveling. Make sure to download the app!"

   
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  Alicia (Kissimmee)  
   
 
     
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  "Thanks Florida 511 for my traffic alert this morning, made it to work on time."

   
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  "Florida 511 traffic alerts saved my commute today!"

 
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Florida Events in March

If you’re hitting the road to check out one of these events, visit FL511.com before you go to plan your route for a safe arrival and to experience fewer traffic delays.

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March 17–19
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Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival (Winter Park)

More than 350,000 art lovers will attend the 2017 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, March 17-19. The festival will feature fine arts and crafts in categories such as clay, digital art, drawing and pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and more. Hands-on art activities for children will take place at The Children’s Workshop Village from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, visit the website.
March 18 – 19
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Mount Dora Spring Fest (Mount Dora)

Celebrate the arrival of spring with more than 250 artists, craftsmen, collectible dealers and painters displaying their works for show and sale during the Mount Dora Spring Fest. More than 100,000 visitors will attend this two-day, open-air downtown street event and enjoy live music and plenty of food options. Festival organizers recommend wearing comfortable shoes. For more information, visit the website.
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March photo of the month
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FDOT District 3 I-10 DMS (Courtesy of FDOT Central Office)

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