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FDOT’s Florida 511 Service Helps Motorists Know Before They Go

When a crash blocks lanes on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the resulting congestion causes commuter headaches throughout the Tampa Bay area. When severe weather shuts down the bridge completely, troubles multiply quickly.

Tampa Bay residents need to know when the bridge is closed before they get on the road. The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida 511 Traveler Information System provides traffic information, and text and email alerts that will let commuters and travelers know when the bridge is closed so they can choose an alternate route.

This toolkit contains free content to inform drivers how to use Florida 511. It can be especially helpful before starting trips that cross one of region’s most essential bridges.

Florida 511 is a no-cost service provided by FDOT with the goal of helping drivers arrive safely and with fewer delays. The system is user-friendly and customizable. The real-time information lets drivers know what traffic conditions they may face. The system can even offer alternate routes.

Please feel free to share the material on any of your communications platforms and with your network. Also, please be sure to subscribe to the Florida 511 Twitter feeds in the Tampa Bay area (@fl511_TampaBay) to provide your followers with up-to-the-minute traffic information.

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The Bridge to a Better Commute

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge makes life easier for Tampa Bay. Except when a closure causes backups and delays. The Florida Department of Transportation’s Florida 511 Traveler Information System can make life easier for Tampa Bay commuters by sending them a text message or email alert when the bridge is closed.

Known officially as the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge and renowned for its grand architecture, the four-mile span links I-275 from St. Petersburg in the southern tip of Pinellas County to I-75 in northwestern Manatee County, turning what can be a more than 60-mile trip around Tampa Bay into a 17-mile ride between the two points.

That may make it one of the state’s most beautiful shortcuts. And one of its biggest commuter headaches when a crash closes a lane or severe weather shuts down all access.

As a vital roadway in Florida’s transportation network along the Gulf Coast, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge requires strict guidelines for the safety of its nearly 54,000 daily users. Sustained wind speeds of 40 mph, dense fog limiting sight to less than 100 feet and vehicle crashes are reasons for the Florida Highway Patrol to temporarily close the bridge until conditions improve.

With Florida 511, travelers can stay up to date with current conditions and find out about traffic speeds, travel time estimates, construction and closures on the Skyway Bridge. The Florida 511 system also provides weather alerts from theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Before leaving, motorists can visit FL511.com and check the interactive statewide road map on the home page for up-to-the-minute traffic information in English or Spanish or to view roadway cameras showing current driving conditions on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. They also can register for a My Florida 511 personalized services account on the website or free mobile app to set up route-specific email or text traffic alerts about incidents on the bridge. Drivers can use the system to plan an alternative route should congestion or closures occur. 

Additional ways to use the Florida 511 system include calling 511 toll-free from any phone in Florida and following one or more of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter (#FL511).

Before heading out to cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, FDOT encourages drivers to know before they go with Florida 511!

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Facebook

Registering for a free “My Florida 511” account can keep you informed with text and email alerts about Tampa Bay’s major roadways, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
(Link to: https://fl511.com/my511/register)

When severe weather strikes West Central Florida, check #FL511 for current roadway conditions along I-275, I-75, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and more.
(Link to: http://fl511.com)

Severe weather, high winds or crashes may cause delays, and sometimes closures, on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Check #FL511 or sign up for text or email alerts for up to the minute info, and know before you go.
(Link to: http://fl511.com)

The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge turns 30 in 2017. Check #FL511 before your next drive along the famous Tampa Bay connection.
(Link to: http://fl511.com)

Twitter

My Florida 511 keeps you informed with text and email alerts about the #SunshineSkyway. Sign up for free at FL511.com

The official source for traffic information about the #SkywayBridge, follow @fl511_tampabay for up-to-the-minute info.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge turns 30 in 2017. Check #FL511 for alerts before your next drive on the famous Tampa Bay connection.

Severe weather, high winds or crashes may cause delays or closures on the Sunshine Skyway. Check #FL511 for alerts up-to-the-minute info.

Public Service Announcements

PSA – :15 seconds

BEFORE LEAVING ON ANY TRIP CROSSING THE SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE, BE SURE TO CHECK FOR ALERTS WITH FLORIDA FIVE-ONE-ONE. FLORIDA’S SOURCE FOR FREE TRAVELER INFORMATION – FIVE-ONE-ONE – PROVIDES TRAFFIC INFO AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. DOWNLOAD THE FREE MOBILE APP, DIAL FIVE-ONE-ONE TOLL-FREE, OR VISIT F-L-FIVE-ONE-ONE DOT COM.

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BEFORE LEAVING ON ANY TRIP CROSSING THE SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE, BE SURE TO CHECK CONDITIONS WITH FLORIDA FIVE-ONE-ONE. A FREE SERVICE FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, FLORIDA FIVE-ONE-ONE PROVIDES COMMUTERS WITH REAL-TIME TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL INFORMATION ON ALL MAJOR INTERSTATES AND HIGHWAYS IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA, INCLUDING I-TWO-SEVENTY-FIVE, I-SEVENTY-FIVE, US-NINETEEN AND THE SKYWAY BRIDGE. DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP, VISIT F-L-FIVE-ONE-ONE-DOT-COM, AND FOLLOW FIVE-ONE-ONE ON TWITTER, OR DIAL FIVE-ONE-ONE TOLL-FREE FOR UP TO THE MINUTE INFO. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO WITH FLORIDA FIVE-ONE-ONE!