Nevada’s revamped 511 travel information system introduces ‘truck mode’ | Tech US News

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Mindful of the needs of thousands of commercial drivers who haul goods daily on Nevada’s roadways, state transportation officials have unveiled a revamped statewide 511 travel information system that includes a special “Truck Mode.”

“With Nevada located at the crossroads of numerous western freight routes, hundreds of millions of tons of freight originate in or are delivered to the state each year,” Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese told Transport Topics. “This results in more than half of the vehicles on some interstate corridors in Nevada consisting of trucks, with more than 6,000 trucks traveling daily on each of the state’s busiest interstate highways.”

That’s why NDOT’s updated 511 Nevada Travel Information System, released Oct. 13, includes many new improvements over the decades-old version for truckers and everyday drivers.

Meg Ragonese

Ragonese

511 Nevada Travel Information Services allows drivers to dial 511 toll-free and/or access it at nvroads.com for timely state highway conditions, online traffic cameras, road weather information, scheduled road closures and road construction updates.

Now operating on a cloud-based platform, the system can handle more calls and logins, especially during bad weather when more people are looking for travel information. It is also available in an app through Apple or Google.

Users can select truck mode, which automatically selects “Truck Info” options (which can be unchecked) for truck parking and oversized loads.

“By simply selecting ‘truck parking,’ commercial drivers can view a map and list of commercial truck parking facilities along Nevada’s interstates, along with amenities available at each facility. An ‘oversized cargo’ map layer shows the routes of active oversized loads that currently travel on the state highway network,” explained Ragonese.

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If truck parking is selected, bubble shapes with the letter “P” appear on the map and when clicked indicate the name of the parking space as well as the available amenities (restrooms, fuel, food services, showers, scales) and number of truck parking spaces. For example:

• The Amargosa Valley rest area on US Route 95 (the north-south highway that runs through Las Vegas) includes restrooms and 15 truck parking spaces.

• The Silver Sage Travel Center on US Routes 93/50 (in the southeastern part of the state) mentions food, restrooms, showers and 50 truck parking spaces.

• The Sinclair Truck Stop on Interstate 80 (serving the Reno area) has restrooms, fuel, food and 60 truck parking spaces.

Ragonese said that in the future NDOT “will look to include a dynamic list of truck parking spaces currently available at truck facilities, as well as a map layer that details active oversize and oversized vehicle prohibitions, such as weight or height restrictions through of work zones on the road.”

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