Avoid Miami Special Events Traffic with 511March 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE -Motorists should expect additional traffic in Miami-Dade County this month due to special events, including Calle Ocho and the Miami-Dade County Fair. Calle Ocho is this Sunday with more than half a million festivalgoers expected to attend, and the 61st annual 18-day Miami-Dade County Fair begins Thursday, March 14 and runs through Sunday, March 31.
With several concerts, entertainers, vendors and more scheduled, the area likely will be a popular destination during the coming weeks. Drivers should be prepared for increased congestion on parts of I-95 and the Dolphin Expressway during Calle Ocho. Parts of Florida’s Turnpike, Palmetto Expressway, Dolphin Expressway and Don Shula Expressway also may have increased traffic during the Miami-Dade County Fair.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages drivers heading to or around the events to use the 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more. The 511 system provides information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways.
There are four convenient ways for travelers to receive traffic updates, including:
- Calling 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
- Visiting FL511.com, with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion, travel times and crashes.
- Downloading the free Florida 511 app on iTunes.
- Following one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.
For custom alerts, travelers can sign up for My Florida 511 personalized services on FL511.com. Users can register their route online to hear information on that route first when calling 511. With personalized services, travelers also can register to receive traffic alerts via phone call, text message or email.
FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before hitting the road, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving.
Traffic Updates on Twitter
For traffic updates for Miami via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the Florida 511 Twitter feeds covering Miami-Dade and its roadways including:
- Call 511 before driving or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving.
- Customize your trip at FL511.com before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone.
- 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 Blue 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. Blue 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.
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