Northern Virginia drivers know the stress and frustration that comes from traffic congestion, road work and accidents. These are common occurrences that accompany us on our travels as we just try to get from point A to point B.

Beginning in 2008, the Virginia Department of Transportation has been hosting 511 Virginia which is designed to help you take control of your travel. Accessed by dialing 511 from a phone or going online at, the system provides continuously updated traffic and travel information any time, any place at no cost.

Through VDOT’s 511 service, you can check the following:

  • Accident and incident alerts
  • Live traffic camera images
  • Bridge and tunnel reports
  • Road construction info
  • Driving directions
  • Gas-saving tips on how to get where you’re going without a car by using trains, buses, subways, ferries and bike paths
  • Weather conditions

In addition to finding out information, you can also set up your own 511 Control Room home page – complete with traffic cameras, weather reports, transportation information and mobile alerts for an unlimited number of personalized destinations.

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