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511, SafeTravelUSA Add Commercial Vehicle Information and National Weather Service Warnings
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For Immediate Release:  Friday, March 8, 2013

Contact:  Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265

 

511, SafeTravelUSA Add Commercial Vehicle Information and National Weather Service Warnings

 

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation has added commercial vehicle information to its phone-based 511 Traveler Information Service and SafeTravelUSA.com/sd website.

 

This week, SafeTravelUSA began displaying commercial vehicle information, including seasonal load restrictions posted on state highways during the spring thaw.

 

The web site’s map shows where 6-, 7-, or 8-ton per axle weight limits that are currently in effect or may be needed later in the spring. Other temporary restrictions on commercial vehicle weight and size related to construction, incidents, or other conditions are also shown.

 

The SafeTravelUSA map can be “zoomed” to show every Interstate, U.S., and state highway in the state. SDDOT’s 511 Traveler Information Service provides the same information verbally.

 

The 511 service also informs travelers of National Weather Service Warnings for flash floods, severe thunderstorms, tornados, blizzards, ice storms, and winter storms affecting all Interstate, U.S. and state highways in South Dakota. The NWS Warnings are planned to become available on SafeTravelUSA sometime in April.

 

The Department of Transportation provides 511 and SafeTraveUSA.com/sd as free services to improve safety and convenience for highway travelers. Both services provide information on road conditions, highway construction, events and incidents that affect traffic, as well as weather affecting travel.

 

Travelers can access South Dakota’s phone-based system by simply dialing 511 anywhere in South Dakota, or 866-697-3511 toll-free outside the state.

 

Spring Load Limit information can be also be found on the SDDOT website at: http://www.sddot.com/travelers/loadlimits/Default.aspx or you can sign up for the mailing list at: http://www.sddot.com/travelers/mailinglists/Default.aspx

 

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