Area residents are being encouraged to download a free app that will allow drivers to check up-to-the-minute road conditions before they leave their driveway.
The 511PA mobile app covers all of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike operated roadways for a total of 40,000 miles.
Travelers will be able to find information such as traffic conditions, traffic speeds, live traffic camera images, highway construction updates, winter road conditions, weather conditions and alerts and links to other travel resources.
To download the app, visit the Google Play or iTunes stores and search for "511PA."
All information is updated by PennDOT, which offers the service based on reports collected from PennDOT staff and other sources.
In an effort to provide the most reliable information to travelers, 511PA does not update until PennDOT is able to verify that an incident is occurring either through its traffic-camera network or through confirmed reports from state and local police.
Crashes and other delays beyond PennDOT's control, such as vehicle breakdowns, are not immediately available on the system and travelers may encounter traffic delays before that information is posted on 511PA.
Other sources of information include the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the National Weather Service and private traffic information services.
For more information about the app, log onto www.511pa.com.