Statewide traffic information online and by phone: Consumer Website of the Week

August 17, 2011|By Liz F. Kay

Just in time for your last trips to the beach, a new state website catalogs road travel information in one online place.

You should definitely check before you're headed out on your next car trip to check for potential construction delays or collisions that could cause you to sit in inching traffic.

And! You can save your regular trips in the My Maryland 511 section of the website, so you can quickly check conditions, which is why we're featuring it as our Consumer Website of the Week.

But you can also call 511 from any phone to find out about problems you encounter once you're already on the road. Just remember to stay hands-free ... and no texting to tell someone you'll be late!

P.S. Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for Maryland's State Highway Administration, said that major Baltimore roadways such as Interstate 83 and Charles Street are options on the site, which will also share information about incidents that are reported to the Statewide Operations Center. But less serious city incidents or construction never make it there, he said.

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